4 Benefits of Extreme Sports

31 Aug 4 Benefits of Extreme Sports

When it comes to protecting your kids, enrolling them in “extreme sports” might not be the first thing on your radar. But especially if your teen is in recovery or looking for a healthy outlet for their adrenaline, then there are actually benefits to extreme sports that you might not have considered. Here are some of them.

 

4 Benefits of Extreme Sports

By Alyse Kotyk

Are extreme sports a good idea for your teen? Here is a list of some of their benefits to help you make an informed decision.

  • 1. Healthy Adrenaline

    By Alyse Kotyk

    If your teen is in recovery or is consistently turning to unhealthy activities for a dose of adrenaline, then enrolling them in an extreme sport might be a better source for them. Extreme sports like snowboarding, bungee jumping, mountain biking, river rafting or rock climbing[ can trigger the body’s “fight or flight” instinct](http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/extreme-sports-whats-appeal?page=2), even when using proper safety equipment and with a trained guide or teacher. As a result, your teen might receive that same level of adrenaline they might have otherwise gotten from drugs or risky activities. Be sure to monitor their activities, however, as addiction to adrenaline can also be a serious condition.

  • 2. Fitness

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Enrolling your child in a sport of any kind is a [great way of boosting their fitness levels](http://www.livestrong.com/article/472872-advantages-disadvantages-of-extreme-sports/) and physical health. The training they will require can help build muscles, reduce fat and help with heart health.

  • 3. Mood Boosting

    By Alyse Kotyk

    [Physical activity](http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression) also releases endorphins, which can boost your child’s mood and feelings of positivity. Regular exercise can also reduce stress and anxiety while improving sleep patterns and feelings of self-esteem.

  • 4. Community Building

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Even though extreme sports are rarely team-based, [the sense of community that they form can be long lasting.](http://www.livestrong.com/article/472872-advantages-disadvantages-of-extreme-sports/) Your child will make friends who share similar interests, learn together and face new challenges, all of which build strong relationships.

 

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