• Tariq Slee-Egeler

Airsoft: A full body workout

I, like some of you, had my first weekend of skirmishing back since lockdown started in the UK. I have now also had my second weekend skirmish. While it was thoroughly enjoyable, I came back from the first outing and could barely move for the next two days; I wasn't the only one! This brought me to write this piece, as I've been on the weight loss train for the last few months, thanks to a strict keto diet, and felt that others could do well to read the thoughts behind it. It won't be a long one, but I felt I should put these thoughts down in writing.

So why is airsoft such a great workout? Well, my aching muscles felt like I had been in some sort of crazy intense gym session the day before, but the ache was all over. It wasn't like going to the gym, where the muscles you would expect to ache were aching, I was literally achining all over. My shoulders ached, my chest ached, my back ached, my core ached, my thighs ached (inner and outer), my legs ached, my arms ached. As I said, I felt like all those muscle groups had just been through some crazy intense workout.

But beyond my own experiences and aches, just looking at it makes it so clear. When you think about it, you're up and on your feet for around 5 hours, running around in full kit and carrying an airsoft gun. It's not a small amount of gear, unless you're running a lightweight loadout like myself, but even then you're still carting around extra gear for 5 hours. 5 hours is a long time to be on your feet or crawling or crouching etc. You'd be surprised how many different muscles you use when playing airsoft.

So if you're looking for a new form of exercise, look into airsoft. You'll get in shape in no time and it's great fun!

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