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The Benefits of Playing Airsoft

Man kneeling while playing airsoft

Airsoft is a popular sport and hobby for many people; collecting the gear, buying the best airsoft guns, improving skills and playing skirmishes against others. It is exciting, fun, and has many benefits, physically, socially and mentally. If you are thinking about getting into airsoft a bit more or want to try it out for the first time, read on to see just why you should!

Physical Benefits

Airsoft helps to exercise your whole body due to the various movement involved. Crawling, sprinting, crouching and walking involve different muscles that you won’t usually use from a workout in the gym. The amount of ducking, jumping and running you do will give you a great cardio workout without you realising. You’ll soon find after a few airsoft sessions that you have lost a few pounds and tightened up your muscles. Also, the weight of the gear and guns you are carrying help you bulk up muscle mass.

Shooting your airsoft gun requires coordination, something your body can greatly benefit from. When you are staying undercover, returning fire and avoiding being shot on the move, your hand-eye coordination is developed, along with the whole body to eye coordination. This increase in dexterity can help you move quieter around airsoft sites.

The length of airsoft games helps to build your endurance. The first few times playing, you’ll no doubt feel exhausted after about four hours, but once you have done a few games, you’ll find you won’t start to tire until around eight hours. Some airsoft games will even last overnight too, but it is best not to try these the first time. The build-up of endurance also helps develop muscles and improves blood circulation. After a few airsoft games, you will be at the fittest physically you ever have been.

Man with airsoft rifle crouching

Social Benefits

Airsoft is a social hobby to try, and you are likely to meet players from all sorts of backgrounds. It is a hobby that attracts all kinds of people; male or female, old or young and various levels of ability. If you enjoy airsoft yet struggle to make new friends, heading along to a skirmish means you will meet like-minded people who are sure to befriend you immediately due to mutual interest.

As airsoft often simulates battles and war, there is a definite sense of community and camaraderie. Your team will form a close bond, and if you play with the same group often, falling into an unspoken understanding of tactics and movements will become the norm. Playing airsoft with family and friends gives you the chance to bond over a shared experience; it might even encourage more family time.

The teamwork required for airsoft is a great learning experience, particularly from a social aspect. Teamwork is something us Brits tend to shy away from, yet it crops up in professional life, education and with friends. Along with aiding teamwork skills, if you are looking to try for a leadership position at work, taking a leading role in airsoft gives you an opportunity to test your skills. Commanding a unit in airsoft is an excellent way to boost your confidence.

Airsoft is a game about honesty and exercising good sportsmanship. Players have to own up to being hit, which helps to build honesty and maturity between players. Players who try to fake their way through a game are likely to come against hostility from other players who want a fair and enjoyable skirmish. Playing honestly makes you a better person all round.

Airsoft team in a wooded airsoft site

Mental Benefits

It is often said being outdoors is good for mental health, especially the chance to breathe in the fresh air away from stuffy offices. Where is better for that than a wood in the middle of nowhere? Getting outdoors among nature is a simple activity that has huge benefits.

When you are outdoors and deep into an airsoft game, you are not likely checking your phone. Playing airsoft disconnects you from the usual texts, emails, messages and the internet in general, and it is always good to leave your phone for a few hours and do something different. Cutting off access to your phone gives you a heightened awareness of your surroundings too – an advantage when playing airsoft and hunting down the opposition!

In addition to improving mental health, airsoft can also give your brain a workout as much as the rest of your body. Thinking up strategies, remembering tactics and positions, tracking people and having to think quickly on your feet are all requirements for being a great airsoft player. It won’t just be your body that’s tired but your brain too.

Man in woods playing airsoft

Are you thinking about getting into airsoft, or just want an upgrade to your gear? We stock a range of tactical clothing and protective eyewear, along with an extensive armoury of knives, bows and airsoft weapons. One of our current favourites is the Tokyo Marui airsoft pistols. These blowback pistols are one of the most efficient on the market and can be fired in single or double action. Please remember you must be over 18 to purchase an airsoft gun.

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