A viking axe is thrown in an overhand motion in a manner that causes the axe to rotate as it travels through the air, creating a great workout.
Working out on a consistent basis is hard work.
Finding new and exciting exercises that not only work well but keep things interesting can seem next to impossible. And not doing so can lead to you doing the same exercises over and over again, which can limit your fitness results.
Or worse. You can get so bored with working out that you stop completely, losing all of the progress that you’ve gained over time.
So if you’re looking for a fun, full body workout that really packs a punch, you should check out battle axe throwing!
Sure, throwing a Viking axe over your head and stabbing a giant slab of wood might not sound like the biggest or best workout at first. But believe it or not, it’s actually a great way to work multiple parts of the body and relieve some stress in the process.
In this article, we’ll tell you about 5 surprising fitness benefits to axe throwing, as well as why you should try it out with your friends in the near future!
Now then, let’s get started!
1. It’s a Great Cardio Workout
Battle axe throwing is a great way to get a full body workout. But even more so, axe throwing is an excellent cardiovascular workout, and a fun one at that.
Spending hours throwing heavy axes over your head is going to give you a workout unlike any you’ve ever had before. You’ll work muscles you rarely ever use and force yourself to breathe properly, which can help you get into great shape if done often.
Safely turning up the frequency of how often you’re throwing an axe can lead to the activity becoming cardio exercise. Best of all? It’s a lot more fun than running in place on a treadmill, or other forms of traditional cardio workouts.
2. You’ll Work Your Legs
If you’ve ever been battle axe throwing before, you know how much it requires you to use your legs to do so properly. Each time you throw a Viking axe or any other kind of battle axe, you’re actually doing a bit of squat to generate the necessary force.
Using your legs, and the rest of your body, to throw the axe as hard as you can is a really neat way to exercise your legs. You’ll work multiple muscle groups in your legs, all while doing one singular exercise.
What’s great about axe throwing, as compared to traditional leg exercises, is you’re having so much fun throwing the axes that you don’t realize just how good of a workout you’re having. That distraction, and focus on hitting the target, makes the workout that much more fun than others.
3. You’ll Engage Your Core
If you’re looking to get a rock-hard six-pack, axe throwing can actually help you achieve that goal. Now, we won’t lie, you’re not going to get nice abs just by throwing an axe for a few hours.
You’ll need a proper diet, and other core exercises to help you achieve that goal. But axe throwing does work your core, and in fact, is one of the best and most creative core exercises you’ll find.
Like every other item on this list, if you’re using the proper technique when throwing axes, you’ll be using your core quite a bit. That workout will be something you’ll feel the next day, and not as much at the moment, which is an added bonus.
4. You’ll Work Your Arms, Shoulders, and Back
If you’ve ever seen someone throw an axe, it’s quite obvious that there’s a lot of arms, shoulders, and back involved in that movement. With that comes an excellent arm, shoulders, and back workout, one unlike any you’ve ever had before.
Again, you’re not going to get shredded just by throwing an axe, but utilizing it as another tool in your exercise routine is a great way to mix things up and shock your body into better results.
And you’re just not going to find a more fun exercise anywhere around, and one that you can do with your friends, that’s better than axe throwing.
5. It’s a Great Way to Relieve Some Stress
One of the benefits of any kind of physical activity is the stress relief that comes from getting up, moving your body, and releasing endorphins. And you won’t find a better outlet than throwing large, sharp axes at huge chunks of wood.
Seriously, axe throwing is one of the most therapeutic activities in the world. While completely safe when done correctly, the idea that what you’re doing is actually dangerous somehow heightens everything and makes the activity that much more exciting.
In return, you feel like a completely different person afterward, and any worries that you may have had prior to walking through your backdoor disappear, even if only for a little while.
Throwing a Viking Axe Could Be Your New Hobby!
Well, there you have it! Those are 5 surprising benefits to axe throwing!
So whether it’s a Viking axe or some other kind of battle axe, find a place nearby that you can try this activity out for yourself so you can see the benefits firsthand.
You’ll get a full body workout, as well as a cardio workout, and relieve some stress all while having a great time in the process. Best of all? It’s easy to start, doesn’t take a lot of practice to master, and new axe throwing facilities are popping up every day!
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