Extreme sports, or those that involve a high level of intensity in terms of speed, height, and physical effort, are becoming more popular recently. People are getting interested to do them for the unique excitement and difficulty they can give. Unlike most traditional sports, extreme sports often need special safety gear because of some uncontrollable events that may occur during the activity.
In The Moment
One of the most popular extreme sports is white water rafting, a physically adventurous way of exploring the nature by experiencing the “beauty and madness” of a river. Imagine doing a scenic rafting like The Royal Gorge, moved by the rowdy river between 3-million-year-old walls built by nature. While looking over the scenery, the moment absorbs you and makes you forget everything.
Apart from the physical sensation brought by the environment and the activity, extreme sports actually provide a number of benefits that can reduce negativities.
- Developing Internal Locus of Control
Participating in extreme sports develops a person’s internal locus of control. You learn to credit your own success and failure to things you can directly influence. You will not blame the water-flow when you capsize in the water; you will go back to your raft and work better on your skills.
- Going Out of Your Comfort Zone
You know your limits, you know what you can do, and sometimes, there are things you think are just not for you. Challenging an extreme sport can be overwhelming at first, but once you’ve accomplished it, you will eventually want to do more.
- Aiming Higher
When daily routines aren’t inspiring anymore, people often need to experience something else to keep them enthusiastic — an activity that will bring out the “I did it!” response. They will face their fears and come out stronger, more inspired to take on a new challenge.
Developing these positive qualities will eventually become useful to other areas of life — at work, school or home. Sooner or later, you may be able to influence other people to do the same.