Adventure sports are more than just sports. They define who we are, what we like and what we hunger after. They tell us a lot about our personalities and what drives us.
Not for everyone, swimming with sharks! Nor leaping off cliffs for the thrill of paragliding! It takes a special set of skills to defy death like that, to test one’s limits.
Adventure sports bring out the best in us. They make us stronger by subjecting us to extremely difficult situations. They embolden us, and teach us humility and teamwork.
So lets take a look at the reasons why we love adventure sports and why we think you should too.
For the Adrenaline Rush
For the most part, adventure sports are all about the adrenaline rush. They give us a high like no other. It’s like drinking fifty cups of coffee.
When you jump off of an aircraft, your mind just pops, and for those fleeting moments, before you touch the ground, you are in a different zone. You are floating. You are a bird.
When you are walking a rope, and there’s a 100-meter drop vertically below your feet, the sense of thrill that courses downs your spine until it tickles every neuron in your body, is exhilarating.
That is why we love adventure sports.
It’s for the raw, unadulterated sense of excitement.
To Conquer Our Fears
Adventure sports help us conquer our fears. They pull us out of our comfort zones, and make us push our limits.
When you kayak through white waters, and learn to navigate dangerous eddies and rocks, and at the end of your ride emerge successful, it gives you a sense of achievement. It makes you believe in yourself, and your self-worth. Anything becomes possible.
And that is what adventure sports do. They fuel confidence. They help us shed our doubts and insecurities. They make us more courageous and self-assured.
To Connect with Nature
Adventure sports bring us close to nature. We discover different species of plants and animals, way more than we can ever hope to, living in a city.
Imagine the beautiful creatures that live under the sea. There’s a whole other world down there – vibrant, colorful and bursting with life.
Sports like scuba-diving and deep-sea diving help you explore that world.
Adventure sports help us engage with the flora and fauna of a place at a very personal level. We learn to appreciate nature, and her fragility.
We understand that the earth is our only home, and if we don’t protect it, we will soon have no place to live. And that leads us on to humility.
Adventure sports instill in us a deep sense of humility. We learn to respect nature. When we stand before a mountain, and marvel at its immenseness, we understand how small we really are.
It puts things in perspective. It is almost existential.
As humans, we tend to have a lot of vanity.
We build our own imagined myths, and from those myths emerge classes and boundaries. But an avalanche doesn’t care if you live in a castle or a slum. Neither does gravity.
Adventure sports are a great equalizer. They draw us out of our warped senses of self-importance, and make us see the truth as it is. They are like a reality check.
They shine a light on the stuff that really matters, and dust off what doesn’t.
Adventure sports help you unwind and detox. They flush out all the toxins of daily life like anxiety and stress. They are like a spa for the mind.
When you are canoeing down a river, you are one with nature. You are at peace, surrounded by greenery and birdsong. A gentle mountain breeze caresses your face, while a soft yellow sun pours in through the clouds.
There’s no other human as far as the eye can see.
The water spurts and gurgles, splashing and swirling cheerfully over rocks and pebbles.
Over the horizon, the towering mountains stand guard like ageless sentinels. As you row down the valley, all you hear is the river, the birds and the sound of your oar striking the water.
How does that make you feel?
Now imagine how you’d feel if you really were in that canoe.
That’s the power of adventure sports. They take away all your worries and set you free. They massage your mind and help you relax.
Fitness and Balance
Adventure sports are physically very demanding.
They require you to be in the best of form.
You need to work-out regularly to exercise different muscles. You also need to focus on stretching to stay away from injuries.
Adventure sports test your endurance. You will have to develop your core strength through rigorous training.
Your diet matters too.
Engaging in adventure sports means you will have to eat healthy to keep up your fitness level.
Adventure sports like surfing and tightrope-walking require excellent body balance. So if you are generally clumsy, it might be a good idea to try some adventure sports to improve your balance.
However, remember to start small and slow. You don’t want to injure yourself by doing too much too early.
Camaraderie and Teamwork
We love adventure sports for the camaraderie. It connects people from different ethnicities and backgrounds, and paves the way for lasting friendships.
It also fosters teamwork and cooperation.
In a sport like skydiving, where your survival depends on how well you do as a team, you are bound to coordinate better and work cohesively towards a common goal.
Adventure sports also develop your communication skills. You learn to convey a lot in a short span of time. You become more observant and aware of your surroundings.
So there you go. Those are some of the reasons we absolutely dig adventure sports.
They are fun. They are exciting. They make us feel like we can conquer anything.
Like no problem is too great.
They take us out of our mundane existences, and help us experience something bespoke, something totally out of this world.
So what are you waiting for?
Life is short. Hop in.
Come join our adventure bandwagon, and allow us to take you on the ride of your life.
What adventures have you tried and what feeling you’ve come away with?