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Adventure sports, or extreme sports, can be a great new hobby for people who love sports and want to take it to the next level. It can even be a great new hobby for thrillseekers to try. There are all kinds of adventure sports that you could take part in. In this guide, we’re going to talk about adventure sports for beginners, and what beginners should know before diving right in headfirst.
Read on if you want to learn more:
Consider Trying It With A Group Of Friends
If you have like minded friends, you might want to adventure sports with them, at least to begin with. You could try mountain biking, for example, which will usually be a lot more fun with friends than it will if you were to go on your own. Get a group together and see what you can do. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that for it to be true adventure sports, you’ll all need the correct equipment and the right route. If one of your friends isn’t as into it as the rest of the group, it’s going to feel pretty rubbish leaving them behind if they quit, or feeling like you have to quit because they have. Make sure everybody is on the same page!
Get A Guide When You Need One
For some adventure sports, you’ll need a guide. It doesn’t matter how much research you’ve done or how confident you feel, getting a guide will be crucial if you’re doing something like mountaineering. Maybe you’ve practiced mountaineering for a while before deciding to scale Kilimanjaro, but that doesn’t mean you should skip the guide and go on your own. People die mountaineering and it’s not a time to let your ego get in the way!
For some adventure sports, it’s highly unlikely that you’re just going to pick the skill up without a lesson or two first. This is true for adventure sports like skiing and surfing. You need to know the correct form, make sure you’re taking the right hills and waves for your skill level, and more. You’ll probably fall a few times, but you shouldn’t let that put you off if this is something that you really want to do. Many of the best people out there right now started off by taking lessons first!
Don’t take your kids on an adventure sport trip without giving them some lessons first, either. You might think that you’ll be able to show them the ropes, but if you’re too worried about missing out on the slopes and don’t help them enough, they are going to end up hurting themselves. Getting them a professional lesson or tutor will mean they learn something new from a pro while you concentrate on what you’re doing. Everybody wins.
Build A Balanced State Of Mind
In order to become your best self while doing adventure sports, you need to cultivate a balanced state of mind. Mental strength will get you through just about anything. Whether you’re trying to put together your suitcases and equipment with the equipment listed here or you’re getting ready to tackle the biggest wave you’ve seen so far, your state of mind will make a huge difference to how you get on. You can build mental strength numerous ways, and it doesn’t always mean hanging from a chin up bar for as long as you can while ignoring the fast that your palms, wrists, and pretty much your entire body is aching. You could try meditation, which is a great tool for mental strength.
Try Different Sports Until Something Sticks
You might have it in your head that you want to try rock climbing, mountaineering, or another adventure sport. Just don’t be afraid to try out different sports until something actually sticks. You might find that you don’t like the sport you originally thought you would, and that you’re much more suited to another sport that you hadn’t previously considered. Many clubs offer taster sessions so you can get a good idea of whether it’s for you or not. You’ll also enjoy varied experiences and become a better person for it!
Here are some ideas:
- Water Sports – surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking, wake boarding
- Sailing – sailboats, yachting, dinghies
- Winter sports – skiing and snowboarding
- Other adventure sports – climbing, quad-biking, skydiving, mountaineering, kite surfing, caving, etc
You could even try it with your family, as many clubs do offer family sessions. Staying active with your family will bring you closer together and help you to form an even stronger bond. Just make sure your kids are of the right age and that they fit the criteria for starting. Adventure sports aren’t suited for everyone, and it isn’t fair to drag them along if they’re not going to have a good time.
Be Prepared To Test Your Body To The Extreme
When you’re trying out different adventure sports for the first time, you need to be prepared to test your body to the extreme. There’s a reason adrenaline junkies love adventure sports! You will ache like you’ve never ached before, you’ll have to use muscles you didn’t previously know existed, and you’ll feel like a totally different person. There are a lot of positives that can come from this, sure, but don’t forget to consider the negatives so you know whether it’s really for you, too. Scaling a rock face without equipment might sound like heaven to an adrenaline junkie, but you’re not going to be making your family feel great worrying about you back home.
As a beginner to adventure sports, start out small with a taster session and take each session as it comes. Feel free to change your mind and try something new every time, just following where your heart takes you. You’ll still have a lot of fun.
Which adventure sport are you thinking of trying, and are you going to do it alone or do it with family/friends? Leave your own thoughts and ideas below.
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