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Extreme sports may have a reputation of pushing its participants to extremes, both physically and mentally, however, the truth may come as a surprise to some as they may actually serve to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.

"Skiing in Bjorkliden"

Let’s take a look at some of the ways extreme sports can do this…

Boosted Physical Wellbeing

Extreme sports vary in physical demand, from watersports to motorsports, the human body is tested in different ways and the muscles often feel the biggest strain. Those aching muscles, however, give way to stronger and more resilient ones, greatly improving physical wellbeing.

The Use of Different Muscles

Most extreme sports will require you to use muscles in unusual and repeated ways which daily life or even regular sports or exercise may not require. This will make you more physically robust in the long run and is extremely beneficial to physical wellbeing.

Better Heart Health

From adrenaline increasing heart pressure to the physical demand of your muscles and organs needing increased blood circulation, extreme sports really get your blood pumping, and in turn, promotes a healthy heart.

Weight Loss

Probably an obvious physical benefit of partaking in an extreme sport but an important one nonetheless is that it is an easy way to lose weight if you wish. The physical nature of extreme sports means it is a big calorie burner.

Boosted Mental Wellbeing

Putting your body through extremes and demanding circumstances can also be beneficial to your mental wellbeing. From overcoming fears to experiencing some of the wonders of nature, extreme sports can also be just as beneficial to the mind as the body.

Stress Relief

From your body releasing dopamine and endorphins from physical exercise, the body has devised ways to help destress the mind. However, the nature of some extreme sports such as mountaineering, skydiving, rock climbing and cave diving can reveal the world in a different way to its participants than those who don’t. This unique perspective can make someone’s life problems seem small in comparison to the natural beauty of the world!

Overcoming Obstacles

From a fear of heights to swimming to small spaces – everyone has their own foibles in life. But participating in an extreme sport can help a person face and overcome these fears and shortcomings and gain a sense of achievement and pride. It can also teach people how to face other obstacles in day-to-day life.

Social Aspects

Although there are not many team-based extreme sports like football, rugby or cricket, the social benefits of being part of a team or community is not lost. Participating in extreme sports is a great way to meet like-minded people and be part of an exciting community many of which span the globe!

What’s great about this, is that these are just some of the many ways extreme sports can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. What’s more, there are plenty of extreme sports to choose from and there’s guaranteed to be at least one for everyone!

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