Physical and Mental Benefits of Playing Paintball

October 29, 2011 · 2 comments

This is a guest post by Annabelle.

Paintball has been a popular sport for a long time. Even though it is called an extreme sport, paintball is one activity that can be enjoyed with friends and family. This sport has a plethora of benefits that bring about an all-round development in players. Apart from the physical exercise, paintball also offers mental health benefits. Paintball’s popularity also lies in the simplicity of the game. All you need is the required protective gear and a paintball gun and you are ready to go.

Spicing up your exercise regime

Paintball is a great activity for those who do not have time to hit the gym or are simply lazy. Regular exercisers can also benefits from paintball as it adds variety to their workout routine. It is believed that following the same workout routine for a long time can become less effective over time. Paintball is a great way to shake things up and get an intense exercise routine. This sport does not include monotonous motions like a treadmill, and allows the players to experience a whole range of movements like running, climbing, ducking and tip toeing behind enemies.

Weight loss and immunity

Needless to say, paintball also aids in weight loss. The intense exercise gained from a session of paintball can improve sleep cycles and boost metabolism. Intense workouts also result in the release of endorphins that elevates the mood of the player. Apart from burning more calories, regular exercise through paintball also reduces risk of heart diseases, blood pressure and depression.

Stress relief

Working professionals have more and more to worry about in this fast paced world. Sometimes the stress can deeply affect the mental state of the person and resurface at inappropriate times. Playing a rough game of paintball is one of the best ways to vent out your frustration without risking hurting others. Sometimes, venting your anger in the game can also help you improve your skills as a paintballer. The endorphins released during intense exercise also eliminate mental stress brings a sense of calm.

Teamwork and leadership

Paintball is primarily a team sport with a goal. In order to win the game, one team should defeat other teams and fulfill the objective. This requires some amount of strategizing and execution which can be done only when all the players work together as a team. It is this aspect of paintballing that promotes team spirit. You could also use paintball to improve your leadership skills. Tense situations in the game often bring out the best in many players and boost their self confidence.

Absolute entertainment

Paintball is becoming increasingly popular not because it aids weight loss or improves team building skills, but simply because it is so entertaining. The rush of adrenaline gained from simply running around a field and shooting opponents with dye pellets makes stressed out adults feel like a child again. A game of paintball always includes a fair amount of laughter and excitement which makes it the perfect group activity on a lazy Sunday morning.

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Troy - Cube.Dweller.Fitness October 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You brought memories back to life. I haven’t played paintball in a long, long while. The first experience was when a group of high-school students in the church we attended asked me to join them. I think they were really just hoping to find some slow-targets; they didn’t know what they were going to get. It was a lot of fun.

Like you said many of us Cube Dwellers spend way too much time in an office building up our levels of stress with few opportunities to vent the pressure that builds up. Paintball can be a great stress relief.

I may have to find another chance to go …. splat.

Annabelle October 31, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hi Troy,

I’m glad it brought back fond memories for you! I love paintball - can’t wait for my next ‘splat’ session either:) Getting people together for it is the hard part!


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