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Paintball Success Tips, Issue #18 -- Beat the Heat
June 01, 2005
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 good resource...

Paintball Mini Course.

Main article:

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 heat.

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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