"If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal." - Paulo Coelho
Feelings of joy, sighs of relief, your heart’s pounding right out of your chest and your breath is heavier than ever! Secretly, somewhere on the inside, you are left begging for more, right? This is because you could not be any more grateful to have survived something that was this awesome. An experience embedded for life and a memory for a lifetime etched in your mind. Well, most of us believe that extreme adventure sports kill lives or are seemingly dangerous. But this is the thought that actually needs to evade away from that threatened mind of yours because what you do not realize is that an adventure sport doesn’t kill you but it resurrects you from all the stress you’ve been going through. You’d say, “Really?” We’d say “yes”, because it is not just good for your physical well being but also your mental health.
So here are the reasons why extreme adventure sports are good for your brain!
When you jump off that cliff, your mind flies off to a whole new level of confidence. Why? Because you realize, what you can really achieve is far better than what you’d feared so far. It not just gives you confidence in doing the sport, but also confidence outside of it in various other day-to-day tasks.
- Stress Reliever
Adventure sports increase the levels of dopamine (the happiness neurotransmitter) in your brain. This makes you happy and throws off all that stress piling behind you in a backpack far, far away. We say it is literally relaxation and rejuvenation achieved in one go.
Such kind of sports are proven as effective treatments from doctors so as to call it a way of “freeing the mind” from the condition called Attention Deficit disorder. It not just helps the patients cope with concentration but also with self-regulation.
- Bigger brain
Well, yes, believe it or not, it is indeed true. The perks of these kinds of sports are so great that they actually increase the size of your hippocampus, (the part of the brain responsible for emotion and memory) which decreases with age.
Adventure sports train your mind for risk taking abilities which will help you build the power to take up risks in the future. It literally teaches your brain to believe in the concept of “Go ahead buddy, take your chances. You only live once after all.”
- Good mood
It essentially breaks your monotony in life while achieving the ‘YOLO’ (You Only Live Once) parade. You not just gain a sense of achievement but you also build mental strength, with umpteen will power. It literally puts your brain in a good mood.
- Blood flow
When you burn your extra calories with these endurance building sports activities, they cause your blood to pump more than usual. This is because of the physical strain that it causes to your body. Hence, more blood flows to your brain
Adventure sports cleanses your mind spiritually and makes you more open minded. Because of the fearful experiences you encounter while you are at it, they change you as a person altogether because you gain immense faith in yourself and otherwise.
An Extreme adventure sport gives your mind an equally extreme thrill, post achieving which, you feel tranquilized. Why? Because when the thrill gets over, you do feel like the master of the world, don’t you? It triggers your “fight or flight” response, which leaves you craving for some more thrills.
- Adrenaline rush
It really does put your brain in a state of utter “high”, the one that you feel exactly after taking a narcotic drug. This is what we call the adrenaline rush that leads your brain to release endorphins (same feeling when one takes an opioid analgesic i.e. painkiller drug).
So, planning to try out some extreme adventure sports right away?
Take some inspiration from this guide list of extreme adventure sports before you do so!