What isn’t fun about paintball? Running around outside, either in a natural environment or the exciting confines of a paintball park, aiming and shooting explosions of brightly colored paint at your friends and foes makes for an exciting day. You can attack others with shots of paint, colorful bursts that leave a mark on clothing and help you practice your shooting skill without harm. Yet an afternoon, or entire day, of paintball playtime makes for more than fun – it’s actually quite an invigorating and effective workout. Here are a few ways that paintball can give you an entirely new workout.
It’s a Full Body Workout
If you’re used to hitting the gym in order to achieve an entire-body workout, turn to paintball instead. While shooting during paintball, you’ll find yourself crawling, running, aiming, diving, and even dodging – all of which come together into a total body workout. Both fast moving and strategic, paintball leads players to move so rapidly and frequently that you don’t even realize just how much cardio you’re performing. Forget struggling to find the motivation to go to the gym; instead, grab your paintball gun, and you’ll remain active enough to burn calories, without even realizing it.
It Builds Endurance
Because playing paintball involves so much cardiovascular exercise, it’s a fantastic way to improve your workout endurance. Instead of running laps through your neighborhood, or hopping on the stationary bike at your usual gym, you can “play” your way to increased endurance, boosting your breathing, your heart rate, and your body’s ability to burn calories and fat. The more you play, the fitter you’ll become.
It Ups Your Physical Strength
Another advantage of enjoying paintball outings is its ability to build your muscle strength while you shoot. Because you’re performing significant and challenging cardio activity out there on the range or field, while also carrying a paintball gun and safety gear, you’re accustoming your body to hauling weight while also dodging, sprinting, and jumping. All of your physical moves couple with the weight of your equipment, acting like hand weights at the gym. The more you carry, the better you’ll be able to lift increasing amounts of weight – so, you’re essentially weight training, too, while paintballing.