Last month I wrote about the effects of stress and increased heart rate on rifle shooting, and how those effects can be lessened by being in better physical shape. I thought that I would share my own approach and thoughts on what type of physical conditioning is helpful for the rifleman. Note that what works for me may not work for everybody. This is my way of saying:
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My personal emphasis is on being in decent “all around” shape with an emphasis on being ready to, for lack of a better word, fight. I want to have a good, functional balance of speed, stamina, strength, and flexibility. I don’t care about looks, anything too sport specific, or living until I’m 120. I want to be able to go from sitting in a car listening to the radio relaxing to jumping out, sprinting for a minute, grappling for a minute, then hitting a distant target with my bolt gun. The basic idea is to maintain a state of readiness for whatever I might have to deal with.
I don’t mean to imply that I’m in super athletic shape. I do what I can, and I know that if I have to push it for real, I’m not going to keel over or drop out. The point is to push oneself frequently in a manner that will improve over your current condition and capability.
This is about enough stuff to cover the basics for me.