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When it comes to a bit of R&R at the weekends, there’s nothing more relaxing than shooting your friends! However, to avoid decimating your Face Book and Friends Re-united pages it’s considered best practice amongst mates to take the paintball approach!

Paintball games are a fantastic, exhilarating and downright healthy way to spend an afternoon. All that running around and attempting to assassinate your friends and loved ones certainly gets the heart rate going and provides you with plenty of healthy cardio exercise.

Paintball games are a healthy alternative to the gym and great cardio-vascular workout. Walking and running have proven health benefits: 30 minutes a day of brisk walking at least four times a week is considered to be an excellent level of moderate-rate cardio exercise; while running burns more calories per minute than other types of cardio. An afternoon’s paint-balling session will provide a good dose of both – not to mention a spot of, creeping, sneaking and pouncing. Unlike the gym, paintball games don’t have the associated boredom of running on a treadmill for what seems like hours!

In addition to this there are plenty of other benefits to playing paintball games. Paintball exercises your mind, not just your body and you need to employ a bit more than sheer brawn to win: planning, tactics and strategies all come into the best paintball games. So whether it likes it or not you’ll be giving your brain a bit of a work out as well. Physically you’ll build your stamina and endurance and paintball games are also good for strengthening muscles and improving overall body tone – remember you’ll be carrying around all of that heavy weaponry!

Paintball, like any contact sport, is not without its risks; however research suggests that in comparison to other contact sports it’s actually one of the less risky choices.  Of course with all that running around over rough terrain you might get the odd bump or bruise, but that’s all part of the fun.

The nature of the game also means that you are testing and building your endurance and stamina, while the rough terrain is great for improving balance and co-ordination.

Paint-balling is above all a team sport and is a great way to build team spirit and has been popular with employers from its earliest days. A great day out, paint-balling is an ever popular choice for families, stag and hen parties (sometimes competing against each other) or for kids parties and school trips.

There are an increasing number of venues offering paintball games, so it’s worth shopping around, some good points to look for are the size of the site – most sites are wooded, and these provide the best opportunities for a successful day. Check to see if refreshments are available – you’ll be working up quite a thirst and you’ll need to replace at least some of those calories. Wherever you choose, you’ll benefit from a fantastic, pleasurable and friendly workout.