ShootFit Update

ShootFit Update

This summer I've traveled. A lot. For someone whose job typically doesn't involve business travel, lately I've been wracking up the frequent flyer miles. Starting July 2, I visited Honolulu, Oahu; Hilo, Hawaii; Portland, Oregon; Durham, North Carolina; Bowling Green, Kentucky; and as I write I'm en route to Fort Collins, Colorado. In Hawaii I hiked a lot, swam, and even got to shoot! 

Shooting bare bow at Central Oahu Regional Park. Can you spot the arrow mid-flight? 

Shooting bare bow at Central Oahu Regional Park. Can you spot the arrow mid-flight? 

The view at the end of the hike was amazing. That's the theme of my Hawaiian adventures: amazing views! 

The view at the end of the hike was amazing. That's the theme of my Hawaiian adventures: amazing views! 

Throughout these trips I've sought to keep up with my #ShootFit / #AimForFit goals. In total I'm down 6-8 pounds (depending on the day) from where I started back in the spring. It's still not enough to get into my shooting suit so I've got more work to do! In Kentucky, I visited Rockcastle Shooting Center. I got to try out several new shooting sports: trap, skeet, and sporting clays with a shotgun plus steel challenge and 3 gun. All these sports involved muscle groups I don't typically work on, so I now have a reason to cross train! I definitely want to do more clay shooting, so I have got to work on my arms and back, more than what I've done for archery

The kick of the shotgun in my first 3 Gun stage surprised me. You can see my "leaned back" form (a habit from smallbore shooting) on this first shot. I leaned into it after that! 

The kick of the shotgun in my first 3 Gun stage surprised me. You can see my "leaned back" form (a habit from smallbore shooting) on this first shot. I leaned into it after that! 

I'm still using my Garmin Vivofit, though it is the worse for wear after encountering some salt water (an a-salt on my watch!). The screen on the watch now has two spots that are bleached out in the "minute" part of the digital watch. You can still find me on MyFitnessPal and Garmin Connect as "HowToGunGirl" if you want to join me on my fitness journey! My primary exercise when I'm home is walking, running, shooting my bow and the occasional hike or canoe excursion. The plan is to get more disciplined with short workouts and maybe add in some yoga for stretching.

Rowing is great exercise, plus I always see interesting things on the pond near my house.

Rowing is great exercise, plus I always see interesting things on the pond near my house.

I'm also saving some body weight exercises on Pinterest. All the traveling this summer has made it clear that a gym is not necessary! Hotel rooms, friends' houses, and the good old outdoors make for a pretty excellent workout location.  

If you've got any fitness ideas for shooters, comment below and let me know!  

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