Most people know how much fun White water rafting can be, but, truth be told, that’s not the only great thing about it. There are actually studies on river rafting, and on activities in the outdoors, which show that not only are these things fun, there are thousands of health benefits as well. Today, we want to share with you, what we think, are the top 5 of those health benefits. Enjoy!
The thrill of adventure!(a.k.a adrenaline rush)
Of course, we have to start with the most obvious health benefit. Which is providing you with an adrenaline rush. Going through each turn of the river and battling through every rapid boosts your adrenaline. And this is needed to enjoy a more healthy, long life. Which is why, the thrill of the adventure, or adrenaline rush, is the first health benefit on our list.
The Outdoors & Fresh Air = Reduced Stress.
When people are getting tired of their jobs or just tired in general, one way they can reduce their stress is by going outdoors. Now, studies show that being outdoors in fresh air, and not cooped up in your office, is far more beneficial to your mental health and stress levels than any indoor activities. Even the silence that nature brings is relaxing and helps you to alleviate your stress.
Great for Cardio & Strengthening Muscles.
Now, most people know how physically challenging white water river rafting can be, but, it’s so much more than that. In fact, for river rafting, you are mostly using your upper body to paddle through the water, which tones your arms, back, shoulders and even strengthens your ability to think. Likewise, with regards to cardio, as a strenuous activity which requires endurance, rafters need to sustain long periods of paddling. Meaning, rafters much be at their best to ensure they can successfully accomplish the challenge.
Great for Teamwork Building & Family Bonding.
Nearly every company in the world requires their employees to work as a team. That said, going on a wild river adventure with your teammates is perfect for building deeper and more fulfilling relationships with them. In regards to family bonding, it gives you a chance to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses, which helps each member of the family to bond. And without modern-day distractions like smartphones or other technology, families are able to have much more time to bond with each other while overcoming the rapids.
Confidence & Self-Esteem Booster.
Last on our list is something that will complete your white water river rafting adventure and leave you feeling accomplished, with confidence you never knew. Not only that, depending on how difficult the river is, you may even find that the rapids may seem intimidating at first, but, once you’ve finished, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment that will boost your self-esteem to the next level.
All in all, no matter how you look at it, getting out of the office, out of the house, and out into nature is one of the best ways to increase your health. But, of course, as bias as we are about it, we believe that riding the rapids of the Rio Grande is the best way to add years to your life. Come join us this season!