How do these affect your shooting form?
Smoking stuffs up your breathing and heart rate.
If you have metabolic syndrome ( Diabetes; Hypertension; Cholestrol) then eating at regular intervals and the right foods will keep your hand steady and concentration levels up.
Fitness levels not so much, IMHO. I dont exercise anymore. Working on my pap sak instead of six pack. Can still kick Chuck Norris ass even if he is fitter than me.
Damn! then guys like me and Jannie should rule (no offence intended Jan!)In shooting stability is key
What I have seen is that your position of choice is a very big factor. You need to sit with what you are comfy. Anythign else and you are a dead duck in the water. I can shoot both knee and arm but cant do deadman. If I could I would cause it is inherantly the most stable position. How do I know. Cause when I can get into it and find the target the corss hairs dont move. And when the wind blows the dead men here by us get better scores. Fact. However. You need to not take the most stable possy., but rather the one that you are comfy with. Even if it is not as stable as Deadman you still need to aquire the target and knock it over. And for you to do that you need to be relaxed and comfortable. The rest is not an issue.
To summarise, I dont think any of the three affects you as much as you affect yourself. I for instance get much more variation when I get worried about my shooting or worried about conditions or a equipment etc than I do otherwise. How do we know that. Well go sit on the range and plink. How many of you have not wished you could shoot so well on the day of the shoot? Standers for instance. Untill I can coach my subconscious that I can do them I will alway battle in comps. When I leave the reange I can generally get all the 20mm @ 20m or even 40mm @ 40m without issues. I however freek out when I see a 20mm at 10m or even a open at 20m in a comp. And I miss them most times.
So what I am saying is that worry less about what you eat, drink or how fit you are. Get BMT. it will count for much more than the other two. Obviously if you cant walk up the hill cause you are too unfit then you will have more serious problems than not being able to take the shot
You should know the proverb " 'n gesonde liggaam huisves 'n gesonde gees" If your body is healthy and fit the BMT and psycological fitness will be achieved easier. If you are unfit and you walk up a hill, your mind is already telling you, you are going to have problems shooting that stander or kneeler that awaits you. Getting fit, eating right, smoking less will do you more good than harm.
One thing that I have noticed is when you drink a soda colddrink or some energy drinks, stuffs up your blood sugar levels and you get the shakes, heart beat goes up and the blood pressure also rises, giving you an unstable physical shooting condition.
In some other thread this came up as well and it was said that there is some overweight guys that shoots well. My answer, what if he got his/her body fit, how well will he be able to shoot then. It is a combination of physical and mental fitness and the better you exercise them the more beneficial it will be for your shooting performance.
it is strange Francois. This seems to differ from person to person. for me yes. stay away from energy drinks. I dilute them. Gary drinks a couple of litres of pure energade whiles he shoots. It just improves his scores. Robbie at the nationals ate a bar one half way during the shoot and he did not miss a target after that. If he ate it at the start of the last day he would be wearing a green jacket nowOne thing that I have noticed is when you drink a soda colddrink or some energy drinks, stuffs up your blood sugar levels and you get the shakes, heart beat goes up and the blood pressure also rises, giving you an unstable physical shooting condition.
Moral of the story. go sit at the practice range and see what effects what foods have on you. Then verify it a couple of times. Some people need almost pure sugar. Some need everythign but!
The secret is to find what works for YOU.
And never experiment at a competition. Stick to what you always do.
The game we're playing is one of consistency, keep as many things the same at all times.
Enforce good habits with repetition.
Some people will use sugar and get an increased pulse and blood pressure.
Others will have a short term sugar spike leading to a sugar low as soon as insulin starts countering the sugar in the blood.
You have to find what works for you.