Swinging a metal detector for extended periods can indeed be tiring. However, there are several smart techniques you can use to reduce fatigue while metal detecting:
1 Use the Correct Posture: Stand up straight and relax your shoulders. Hunching over can strain your back over time.
2 Adjust the Detector's Length: Make sure the detector's rod is adjusted so that the coil hovers just above the ground without you having to bend over. Your arm should be relaxed, and the detector should feel balanced in your hand.
3 Swing from the Elbow: Rather than swinging the detector using your wrist or your whole arm, pivot from your elbow. Your forearm should move side to side, keeping the coil level while your upper arm stays still. This uses less energy and puts less strain on your wrist and shoulder.
4 Hold the Detector Loosely: Grip the detector lightly, and avoid squeezing the handle tightly. A tight grip can cause your hand and forearm muscles to fatigue more quickly.
5 Keep Your Swings Close to Your Body: The further the detector is from your body, the heavier it will feel. Keep your swings within a comfortable arc close to your body to reduce strain.
6 Take Regular Breaks: Metal detecting is meant to be a relaxing hobby. Don't push yourself to the point of exhaustion. Take regular breaks to rest and stretch your muscles.
7 Switch Hands: If possible, try switching the detector between your hands periodically to distribute the strain evenly between both arms.
8 Use a Harness: If your detector is heavy or you're planning on detecting for a long time, consider using a harness. A harness can distribute the weight of the detector across your body, relieving your arm.