|You Getting Hot Yet?
Beat The Heat!
Before we move on with the article, there is a new 'mini course' you should
get. I think you'll find it very helpful and informative. Some of the tips may
seem basic for the advanced player. But I think you'll find it to be a very
The sun is shining. The weather is warm. School is out for the summer. You
sister and her friends are out at the pool. It's the perfect paintball day!
However, despite the beautiful summer weather, it can take a toll on paintball
players. Sure, there are air-conditioned indoor fields. But although climate
control does wonders for comfort, it does not compare to the natural beauty
of the great outdoors. There are some precautions paintball players can take
to maximize summertime fun.
Summer days are longer, which means, there are more hours available for play.
One tip is to play later in the day, perhaps after 3:00, when the sun is starting
to go in. Or, if you are an earlier riser, play before 10:00 or 11:00, when
the sun really starts to shine. The higher the sun is overhead, such as at noon,
the hotter it will be. Timing can be everything when it comes to beating the
Choosing your field can also play a role in keeping cool. If you have
the option of playing in an open field or a wooded terrain, choose the latter.
The trees will provide a natural shade. If you must play in an area where the
sun will beat down, how you dress can play a role.
Dressing for the occasion is important too. Dressing in shorts and a tank top
may be appropriate if you are going for a walk in the heat. However, with paintball,
you do not have the luxury of dressing lightly. You still need to dress in some
sort of layers to protect your body. Wearing baggy, breathable clothes will
help keep you cool.
Bring another gun! A water gun that is! Or, even a spray bottle or two
for the team. Misting cool water on you and your teammates during the game and
breaks can be the refresher you need. But perhaps the best refresher- and protection-
is drinking water. If you already feel thirsty, it may be too late. Being hydrated
is key. Drink plenty of water before, during and after play. Being dehydrated
is not something that will help your game, or your health. Since you will be
moving, and working up a sweat, replacing that water loss is important.
The more active one is, the higher their risk of heat stroke. So, in
addition to being hydrated, taking adequate breaks will help the body handle
the heat. Take a long lunch break, and perhaps drink a sports drink, which can
replenish lost minerals as well as help with hydration.
When eating lunch, stay away from hot and/or heavy meals. In addition, take
some time to cool down between games and even cool off by not just spraying
yourself with water, but also take a trip into a proshop if there is one, or
even sit in your car with the AC on.
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