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Are Extreme Sports Healthy? Pros and Cons of an Adrenaline Rush

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Sports make great hobbies as they help you stay in good physical shape without the risk of developing serious injuries, like professional athletes often do. However, are all activities equally good for you? What about extreme sports that give your body a rush of pure adrenaline?

It’s hard to answer this question because these kinds of hobbies are associated with some serious risks. The most important disadvantages of practicing extreme sports are:

- A risk of injury.
These activities are called ‘extreme’ for a reason. In order for them to give you a real adrenaline rush they must involve some real danger. Of course, advanced technology allows producing safety tools that reduce the risks, but they are severely limited due to the nature of the activity. Severe injuries are common among ‘adrenaline junkies’ and the number of fatal incidents is fairly large. For example, according to the reports from the United States Parachuting Association, over 20 people die every year from skydiving alone.

- Logistics troubles.
The vast majority of extreme sports require ‘extreme’ settings, which often makes reaching the location where you can practice a real challenge. Practicing some of these activities in public areas is banned in many states. Therefore, you might face some problems with acquiring tickets, permits, and other paperwork.

- Equipment costs.
Extreme sports aren’t cheap, and if you want to be as safe as you can be, you will need to splurge on your equipment to have the best of everything. Note that more advanced models of safety gear are released regularly, and you’ll need to update your equipment all the time.

These cons definitely look serious enough to reconsider practicing these sports. However, the number of people interested in them grows every year. So, what is it that attracts people to these activities?

It’s the numerous benefits offered by these sports. The effects they have on your body truly can’t be matched by that of regular hobbies. They are:

- A great physical exercise.
Extreme sports are extremely taxing on the body, so you are sure to get into an excellent shape if you practice them regularly. These activities usually provide you with a full-body workout. The exercise is intense, but the release of adrenaline and some other hormones allow you to reach over your limits. Therefore, you don’t feel the strain and exhaustion that usually prevents you from getting maximum physical benefits from a workout. 
Note that this ‘artificial’ vitality increases the risk of injury, so be sure not to push reasonable limits to ensure that you don’t overstrain yourself.

- An opportunity to establish important friendships.
Bonding in a gym is nice and allows you to meet a few interesting people. However, relationships like this rarely go beyond simple friendly camaraderie. Extreme situations, on the other hand, provide for much deeper connection. These experiences can help you develop deep emotional bonds with your teammates, and socialization is essential for maintaining a healthy cognitive function.

- An adrenaline rush.
This is the most controversial benefit of all as many people argue that putting your body under the stress of regular adrenaline releases is bad for your overall health. However, no study supports this point of view.
On the other hand, research indicates that practicing extreme sports really boosts your situational awareness and ability to make snap decisions in a crisis. This also helps you deal with stress much better.

Considering all these facts, it becomes obvious that extreme sports can be great for you. Practicing them is a wise decision but only if you remain careful.

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