Studies show that hobbies are a wonderful way to add texture and creativity to your life. But everyone’s tastes are different.
Some people like to unwind after a long day by doing a puzzle or listening to music. Others…well, they get their kicks by jumping off of massive buildings or barrelling down a mountain with only two rubber tires keeping them safe.
Extreme hobbies are a great way to expand your comfort zone and make some lifelong memories, to boot!
Looking to get started? Here are six of the most extreme hobbies for you to try.
1. Mountain Biking
A nice bike ride is a soothing way to get some exercise or relax on a sunny afternoon. If that’s what you’re after, look elsewhere.
Mountain biking is an adrenaline-packed activity for those looking to go fast. Often, mountain bikers ride downhill and on rough terrains like rock formations or cliffs.
It’s a nervewracking and thrilling experience, particularly once you begin to pick up speed. Also, it’s one of the more dangerous hobbies, so don’t forget to bring your protective gear like a helmet and knee/elbow pads.
2. Whitewater Rafting
As far as dangerous hobbies go, whitewater rafting is one of the more popular options. That’s because it’s also one of the safest.
Unlike most of the hobbies on this list, whitewater rafting often requires guidance from a trained professional. These guides know the waters like the backs of their hands so your party can stay safe.
Don’t get us wrong, zipping down a river into oncoming rapids is still a thrill. But as long as you have a trained guide, you shouldn’t get yourself into any situation that proves too dangerous.
Aside from that, most whitewater rafting tours offer options for guests of all experience level. So whether you’re a rafting rookie or a seasoned pro, you’ll have options that’ll keep you coming back to the river.
3. Rock Climbing
Scaling cliffs may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, those looking to try out an exciting new hobby (and get a major upper body workout, too) should look into rock climbing.
Accidents are quite rare. Between 1998 and 2011, the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group aided 2,198 victims. Climbers only made up 20% of that figure.
And when you wear the proper safety gear, you’ll further reduce the likelihood of an accident. All in all, it’s a safe yet exciting hobby and a great way to see some of the world’s most beautiful parks.
Paragliding gives you a view like no other.
During your paragliding expedition, you’ll soar through the skies and enjoy a rush of wind on your face, all with the help of a trained paragliding pilot.
Even if you have a fear of heights, we recommend giving paragliding a shot at least once. It’s an unforgettable experience that words cannot convey.
5. Deep Sea Diving
From the highest highs to the lowest lows, our next extreme hobby takes you to the depths of the oceans.
Understandably, deep sea diving and scuba diving are often mistaken for one another. However, there are some major differences.
Scuba diving is often a shorter experience closer to the surface. Meanwhile, deep sea diving takes you down, down, down onto the ocean floor.
It’s a little scary. But you’ll get to see unique marine life like coral and, yes, even sharks.
6. Base Jumping
Think of the tallest building you’ve ever seen. Now imagine someone looking at it and saying, “Yeah, I could jump off of that.”
That’s more or less the basis of base jumping. Instead of relying on a bungee cord, base jumping enthusiasts use parachutes and wingsuits to guide their descent back to the ground.
Try These Extreme Hobbies
Are you looking to add a little excitement to your life? If so, make sure you give one (or all) of these extreme hobbies a shot at least once.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so get out there and have some fun.
Looking for something a bit more relaxing? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out our recommendations for some slower, more relaxing hobbies to pick up later in life.