My interest in extreme sports is something that worries my wife endlessly. I often say that if it doesn’t kill you, it is sure to make you stronger. The challenge that extreme sports provides physically has a great impact on your mental stamina.
According to the Journal of Health Psychology, you get stronger mentally. I dug up this information to appease my wife, but got interested in the research myself. According to researchers in Australia activities that involve putting your life at risk such as Base jumping, big wave surfing, waterfall kayaking and of course speeding (according to my wife) in my moth are considered as extreme sports.
In a study done on experienced athletes who involve in such sports it was found that when they overcame intense fear, it led to life changing experience that brings about better self-awareness and confidence.
In other words, when you overcome the physical terror it leads to psychological wellbeing and life fulfillment. Actually, fear is because of your lack of trust in your ability and yourself. When you are able to quell that fear you prove to yourself how much capable you really are. This has some great and positive implications in your life both in the present and in future, according to Psychologists attending the Queensland University of Technology.
While extreme sports are definitely good for your mental health, I also spend some time towards boosting my physical health via my regular training sessions with the grappling dummy I got at http://www.grapplingdummyinsider.com/. The consistent physical training, which includes resistance training and cardio, helps me to be in fit shape to get involved in the extreme sports.
If you are wondering whether you need to practice bungee jumping to get the benefits, rest assured there are much easier ways to accomplish the feat. According to studies activities that scare the life out of you like starting a new venture or quitting your well paid job or just signing up for a newsletter has the same benefits as taking up extreme sports. The single advice to keep in mind however is that you need to be well prepared before you jump into the task, so you are prepared mentally and physically.
While organized sports are preferred by some athletes, others like the freedom that extreme sports offer. Further, there are advantages you need to consider, such as, the camaraderie you develop with fellow extreme athletes. You can find many extreme athletes belonging to some group or club.
Getting involved in the sport with a friend makes it easier to learn the maneuvers and tricks. And another benefit of such adventurous activities is that you get to maintain your physical fitness while you enjoy the sport. The regular practice needed to perform the extreme sports helps you keep your muscles in top condition and lose excess weight.
Aerial jumps you do while riding a BMX strengthens your triceps and biceps. And snowboarding down a slope boosts the lower leg and quadriceps muscles. One big drawback of extreme sports is the high risk of injury you face. Even a slight misstep can land you in grave danger.