The Importance of Diet and Exercise in Learning How To Shoot

Chris Sajnog teaches why diet and exercise are vital when learning to shoot firearms.

Hey guys, what’s going on? Chris Sajnog here, author of Navy SEAL Shooting. In this post, I want to tell you about the importance of diet and exercise and why these are vital components of learning any skill. Now, let’s go ahead and get started.

A common question that I get is, “Why did I put a chapter about diet and exercise in a book about shooting?” The reason is, it’s because I am not just teaching you how to pull a trigger or how to hold a gun, I am teaching you to become a warrior


I want to teach you today why it’s critical that you need think about your diet and get proper exercise every single day.

I’ve come up with a system in which all you need to do is take your meds. But before you rush off to the pharmacy, when I say meds, I mean:

So let’s break each one of those down very quickly. 

Chris Sajnog introduces his M.E.D.S. system.


Alright, so first up in the importance of diet and exercise is meditation. Meditation is simply like defragging the hard drive if your brain is a computer. I’m not going to get too much into it here in this post because if you’ve watched any of my other videos or read any of my posts, you know that I talk and teach a lot about meditation.


Next up is exercise. You just need to get the blood flowing every day. I just tell people to sweat every day, you don’t need a big plan. One thing that I think is one of the best ideas that you can do is just go mountain running every single day. You’re gonna see dramatic results in you’re shooting and everything else that you want to learn and do in your life. 



When it comes to the D, it’s for diet. Diet is critical. You need to be eating healthy fats. Healthy fats are what’s going to build your neural pathways. 

They used to teach us that fats were bad, but if God made that fat, then that fat is good. Eat as much as you want. But do not eat any vegetable oils or sugar. Avoid both of those things like the plague, and you’re going to be a lot healthier


The S stands for sleep. We all need about eight and a half hours of sleep every night. There are people out there saying, “I don’t need that much. I can work all night and I just need like four hours sleep and I’m good.” 

Well, the problem is the reason you need to work so long is that you’re not getting enough sleep. There are so many studies out there proving this is right.  Just please make sure that you’re getting eight and a half hours and it’s literally going to help you shoot better. 

Alright, so that is it for today about the importance of diet and exercise in learning how to shoot. I hope you start taking your meds, and I hope it helps you keep paving your path to perfection. 

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Retired Navy SEAL Dr. Chris Sajnog, a Master Training Specialist in the Navy, was hand-selected to write the US Navy SEAL Sniper Manual. After retiring from the Navy in 2009, he earned a master’s (MSc) in Health and Human Performace and a doctorate (D.Sc.) in Applied Educational Neuroscience.

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