Extreme sports aren't just for hardcore adrenaline junkies with years of experience. Ordinary folks can get in on the action and taste the thrill. In fact, it's never been easier to try snowboarding, sky diving, or B.A.S.E. jumping.
The rush is impossible to beat, of course. But there are some other benefits too. Extreme sports get you in crazy good shape, they take you to some of the most beautiful spots around the world, and they introduce you to a community of passionate people.
Here are 7 extreme sports you might want to try — some fairly easy, and some a bit more daring.
1. Mountain Biking
Similar to traditional biking, this involves riding on off-road or on unpaved grounds. The terrain is usually more resistant and it makes for a great exercise. Pretty much anyone can get started doing this with the right bike and some good places to ride.
Bouldering is like rock climbing, except there are no ropes or harnesses. You simply grab onto the boulders and climb.
OK it sounds dangerous, but most bouldering is actually done on relatively small rocks — rarely anything higher than 6 feet. Special shoes are typically worn for extra grip and chalk is used on your hands to keep them dry.
It's a terrific workout and super fun.
Snowboarding is one of the most popular extreme sports — and for good reason. It's incredibly fun!
It's not easy for beginners, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love doing it. It's incredibly addictive.
4. Whitewater rafting
Rafting as a team in a body of water can be pretty demanding. To do it in roaring whitewater kicks it up several notches, which is what makes it so fun and exhilarating. Just be sure to stay within your comfort zone and find the right guide.
Jumping out of a plane at thousands of feet above ground is extreme — but just about anyone can do it these days. President George H.W. Bush famously went skydiving to celebrate his 90th birthday, proving that it's never too late to add this to your bucket list.
6. B.A.S.E. jumping
Building, Antenna, Span, Earth, or B.A.S.E. jumping involves parachuting off a cliff. It's considered more dangerous than skydiving, but it's an incredible thrill, and if done under the supervision of a professional and with the right amount of training, it's not beyond the reach of the passionate amateur.
Although you might want to build up to this one.
7. Cliff jumping
If you thought B.A.S.E. jumping was scary, try doing it without a parachute — and into water. That's cliff jumping for you. Like B.A.S.E. jumping, this is also very extreme for newcomers, but it's something to work up to. And one nice thing about it: you don't have to but any equipment!
Note: all extreme sports should be done responsibly. Be sure to consult experienced professionals before trying any of them. Have fun!