This week I’ve been looking into the world of extreme sports in relation to health & fitness.
Now you might be asking what exactly are extreme sports? Well these are the ones that include an element of danger and so come with an increased risk of injury.
Of course, there is danger in any form of exercise—you might throw out your back playing golf or sprain your ankle jogging in the park…… extreme sports take it to the next level and are those that give you an adrenaline rush, because doing them means you could be risking death. Activities like base jumping,rock climbing, MMA, surfing, skydiving, bungee jumping, off piste skiing, mountain biking are all included along with a lot more.
If you have never tried one however, you just might be missing out.
For some people, just watching an extreme sport can make them seem too intimidating or frightening to try, but as with any sport. each of the activities can have their risks reduced. Rock climbing or Parkour can be tried in an activity centre in a controlled and safe environment, skiing and biking have safer trails where you can gradually build up experience and most other sports will have some form of beginner class where you can learn from experienced professionals.
The fact is that most of the courage you need to do these sports comes after you have started doing them. Living life on the edge and trying something new that at first seems scary teaches you, that you are stronger than you think and builds courage and self confidence.
There are a load of benefits of doing extreme sports…..
First of all they are a great way of burning calories – helping build and tone muscle and improve cardiovascular fitness. For example, performing jumps on a BMX bike will allow you to strengthen your biceps and triceps. Riding your snowboard down a mountain slope will target your quadriceps and lower leg muscles.
Studies have shown that extreme sports can boost your mood as well as your confidence. This is because extreme sports help you overcome your fears and show you that you are capable of doing way more than you dreamed of. It’s hard not to feel on top of the world when you have done something that scares the hell out of you and lived to see another day. You’ll be stronger, more confident, and ready to take on a new and even more challenging task. You will also conquer your fears in more ways than one. Once you have overcome a physical fear of say, heights or drowning, you will also be more able to overcome emotional fears such as anxiety about public speaking or fear of rejection.
If there’s an extreme sport that you’d secretly really like to try then why not do a little research into what’s available in your local area and see what they offer a beginner – check what equipment may be needed, what the risks are and what level of fitness is required. Then weigh up the pros and cons. Always ensure that you have insurance to cover not just your equipment but also yourself and others and never go it alone. Always make sure that you speak to and take instruction from relevant qualified professionals.
Take a deep breath and jump in!