Safety First in Paintball

Paintball is a fun and exciting game that has grown much in popularity over the last few years. It combines physical challenges with strategy and hunting to create a unique game for all ages. As a rule, paintball is very safe, as long as certain safety measures are followed. If they are not, that is when the possibility for injury increases.

If you are a fan of this game, it is important to remember and adhere to the following safety precautions:

~Wear Your Mask at All Times

While a game is in play, an approved paintball mask should be worn at all times. Do not remove your mask if you’ve been shot or any time a game is still being played, see here. Keep your mask on until barrel plugs have been placed on all loaded guns. Failure to follow this rule is the cause for most severe paintball injuries.

~Do Not Shoot Close Range

Shots fired at less than twenty feet are much more painful than shots fired at a distance. It is customary to offer an opponent a surrender if they come within twenty feet, so be sure to follow all close-range rules.

~Shoot Less Than 300 FPS

Adjust your equipment so that it fires at less than 300 FPS (feet per second). Shots at this speed can cause bruises, but at a higher speed, you run the risk of possible severe welts and broken skin. Speed can be measured and monitored with a chronograph, usually available at most paintball fields and pro shops. Use a high quality hopperĀ to adjust the FPS, seeĀ

~Use Barrel Plugs

When not in use during a game, all guns should be blocked with barrels plugs or barrel socks. Plugs should be used any time masks are not being worn, before or after a game and in any other location away from the paintball field.

~Other Common Sense Precautions

Do not blind fire or shoot your gun without a specific target. Never look down the barrel of a gun or test shoot your gun at yourself or anyone else. Do not shoot anywhere that is not an approved paintball facility.

When proper safety precautions are followed, paintball, like any other sport, can be a fun and enjoyable game for everyone involved. Take the time to understand the rules, follow the guidelines and make it a safe game for you and your opponents.

Unexpected Benefits of Yoga

We live in a stressful world, there’s really no getting around that. Between work, family, finances, etc., many of us have much to deal with on an everyday basis and sometimes it can get to us, affecting us physically or mentally. We all know that practicing yoga can help to increase flexibility, strength and balance as well as reducing stress by promoting a sense of ease. There are some unexpected benefits, however, that yoga may provide to help improve our lives even more. Wear a sports headband.

Improved Sleep

Insomnia can result from too much stress, causing the brain to not be able to slow down and stop thinking to prepare for sleep. Yoga helps to increase circulation and calm your body and mind, both necessary for the body to relax. Improved sleep then helps to increase overall health and well-being.

Immunity Boost

Practicing yoga regularly has been found to produce changes in gene expression so that our body’s immunity is improved at the cellular level. Beyond that, regular yoga sessions improve overall health, which increases immunity as well. When we move better, breathe better and have better circulation, it follows that our general health will be better.

Improved Memory

Yoga helps to reduce physical tension and mental stress, which allows us to have more organized thoughts. When we are able to refresh and clear our minds, we can more efficiently utilize our mental abilities. A clear mind allows us to recall events easier, because there is less clutter to distract us.

Emotional Health Boost

Regular yoga works in much the same way as regular exercise in helping those suffering from depression or even other mental conditions like schizophrenia. When practiced in a group setting, yoga helps encourage the production of oxytocin and serotonin, hormones that help us feel happier and more loved with an overall improved mental outlook.

Yoga may also help to treat such problems as heart disease, arthritis, asthma and even infertility. The stress-reduction and improved circulation associated with yoga practice can do wonders for a variety of illnesses and issues.

If you are suffering from any of these conditions and are looking for relief, especially in a more natural way, consider adding yoga to your daily routine. It provides obvious benefits, both physically and mentally, and, as seen here, some not-so-obvious benefits that can greatly improve a person’s quality of life.