Paintball is a sport almost everyone had heard about but not everyone has tried. There are a lot of reasons to be cautious, especially if you listen to the stories about how much the paintballs hurt went they hit you flying at peak velocity. But the truth is, your head’s going to be so deep in the game, you’ll barely even feel it. If the adrenaline rush isn’t enough to convince you, this game is also great for big parties, team building, and special occasions, and it’s actually also a great way to get in a little cardio. There are paintball pitches all over—from sand pits to grassy fields—chances are you’ll find something that suits you.
#1 – It’s fun (do you really need any other reason?)
Paintball is super fun. If you really need us to quality that, paintball is basically all the war games you used to play as a kid wrapped up with all your favourite action movies ever. Paintball is your chance to be the action hero of your childhood self’s dreams. But for real, under the nostalgic rush, you get to hang out with your friends, develop awesome battle strategies, obliterate your enemies, and dodge paint bullets. Where’s bad?
#2 – You don’t have to act your age
If Community has taught us anything, you don’t really have to act your age when you’re playing paintball. (Or, I guess, if Community has taught us anything you don’t really have to act your age ever.) When you’ve donned that protective suit, slide the plastic goggles down over your eyes, and loaded your first round of paintballs, the only thing you need to do is go boldly to victory. You don’t need to worry about getting dirty or making a mess. Basically it’s exactly like when you were a kid. The only major difference is that you do need to watch out for that shoulder injury you sustained from sitting with sloppy posture at the office. Otherwise, it’s exactly the same.
#3 – It’s social
You can’t paintball alone! (Well, actually you can if you join a paintball league—but it’s definitely more fun when you go with friends.) Paintball’s a great way to get out and have some unconventional fun with your friends. It’s also awesome if you are planning a bachelor or bachelorette party or if you want to do something special for your birthday.
#4 – No two games are the same
When paintball first started out in the 80s it had one simple rule: chase your opponent and shoot them with paintballs. Of course, nowadays there are so many variations in paintball, from the setting, terrain, rules, and the paintballs themselves. You can play it outdoors, indoors, during the day, in the dark. Sometimes the winner is the last man standing, other times it’s the one who captures the flag. No two experiences are the same, so it’s hard to get bored.
#5 – It helps fight stress
If you think a rage room is going to help you get your rage out—consider paintball instead. Beating up inanimate objects versus hunting down shooting your best friends with hot pink paintballs. It’s pretty much a no-brainer. On top of that, collective sports, especially ones that involve teamwork and strategic planning, are a great escape from everyday anxieties. The game also gives you a killer adrenaline boost which it awesome for your mental and physical well-being.
#6 – It’s actually really good for you
All jokes aside, playing paintball is actually a really great way to be active and stay healthy. Most paintball matches last from three to four hours. With regular breaks to refill the ammo, and catch a breath, you get a solid few hours of physical activity—way more action than you will get at your typical cardio workout at the gym.
Paintball has been around for decades, and if you haven’t tried it yet, shame on you. It’s super fun, it’s physical and mentally stimulating, and you get a free pass to attack your friends, roll in the dirt, and generally make an ass of yourself. If you’re looking for a new hobby or a unique way to hangout with friends, try paintball. We’d recommend starting with a Community-style fight to the death. Check out the paintball pitch nearest you!
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