Adventure – Is it good for you?
For us, Adventure is a huge part of our lives, every day we see the benefits for ourselves and our clients. For us adventure is about taking a risk, putting yourself in the zone, being open to possibilities.
But adventure and especially “risk” can mean many different things to many different people. What we as professional, highly skilled, qualified and experienced Canyoning guides may determine as adventurous may be very different from what our clients understanding of adventure is. We obviously tailor all our adventures to the client’s “level of adventure“ and not for our guides.
Be it pushing the boundaries of fear or just enjoying something new and different adventure could be good for you.
Is adventure actually good for you?
If you do a simple search on Google you will return some pretty compelling answers to the questions ” Is adventure good for you?”. Below is the top five reasons why adventure is good for you. However, on further investigation, there are now real facts or evidence to back these claims however we do have years of experience in the adventure and industry and we will have a look at each individually and see if we agree.
- Makes you more intelligent
- Reduce stress and depression
- Good for Your Heart
- Help you to gain healthy and fit body
- You will age will better
Now, these are just claims, I could not find any research, empirical evidence or anything of fact to actually back these claims up. However through many years experience in the adventure industry and it subsequently playing a big part in my life, my observations and experiences definitely support most of these claims. I will now try to explain from my perspective and experience why adventure is good for you in relation to these the top two claims. This is based on my experience and I am not making these claims like others have, just reasoning why they could be true. In this blog, we will look at the top 2.
Makes you more intelligent
This is a big claim and we definitely would love to believe it. It’s also a great piece of marketing “do adventure it will help you make you smarter”. Evidently, there is no evidence to back this claim but there might be some circumstantial evidence. When you’re exposed to adventure and risk via an activity like Canyoning, your body and mind are instantly thrown into a space of excitement, adrenaline highs and fear. In this new mental state, you have to be able to focus, calm the mind, work as an effective member of a team, communicate clearly and manage risk with every step. Effectively canyoning turns on you “Spider Sense” (like the one spider man has). We don’t know if it will make you more intelligent but it definitely helps with concentration, prioritising what’s important, risk assessment, commitment, surpassing mental boundaries, mental toughness, relaxation. And we believe that all of these factors can and do make positive contributions towards increasing intelligence.
It will help you gain a healthy and fit body
This claim we believe is a little easier to understand and definitely something that we support. Adventure activities like Canyoning involve individual activities like walking, swimming, treading water, climbing, abseiling. These activities are done over a period of time from hours to days depending on the canyon. If you make exploring canyons or Canyoning a regular part of your life ie you become a canyoneer then YES, 100% adventure will help you gain a healthy and fit body. This is not just limited to Canyoning this would apply to whatever form of adventure activity you are doing on a regular basis be it rafting, paintball, climbing etc. It is essentially taking up a regular sport, getting out, working the muscles, lungs and heart.
However, if you have just enjoyed a once in a lifetime Canyoning trip with an excellent adventure company like ourselves then I would say that the experience could help you to move towards a change in lifestyle that could promote a healthy and fit body.
In short, we believe that a healthy and fit body comes over time through repetitive exercise, good nutrition and regular adventures.
I hope we have demonstrated some of the benefits of Adventure and made some arguments that will tempt you into taking your first steps into making new exciting activities a regular part of your lifestyle. So lace up those boots, pick up the phone and bring some extra intelligence and a fit body into your life.
We at Canyoning.co.uk live for adventure and we highly recommend taking your first steps to an adventurous activity with a professional company like ourselves. This way you get all of the safety equipment required, you get expert guides and years of experience, this way you can sample the thrill and excitement, get your heart beat up, your mind racing and know that you’re in the hands of seasoned professional.
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Enjoy the adventure life.