There is no doubt that scuba diving with sharks or jumping out of a plane are some of the most memorable experiences out there and will surely be treasured for a lifetime. However, unless you’re is part of the lucky few, most of these activities can’t be incorporated into your daily routine. The list below offers some ideas of adrenaline-inducing activities that fit easily into even the busiest of routines.
What exactly is adrenaline?
Before starting on the list of activities, it can be helpful to know a little more about this semi-mythic hormone. Adrenaline, or epinephrine, is a natural response to stressful, exciting, dangerous, or threatening situations. The hormone is released through the adrenal glands, it increases an individual’s heart rate and flow of blood to the muscles, all of which help to ready the body for action. It basically prepares your body for something potentially dangerous, which makes you feel excited and prepared for action.
Just the thought of exercise can spark a rush of adrenaline as the adrenal glands excrete epinephrine to increase cardiorespiratory activity. Higher levels of adrenaline before or during exercise are more common with untrained individuals or in the context of a competition. Exercise is one of the best adrenaline-boosting activities not only because it lifts the mood with endorphins but has a whole range of health benefits too.
Watch a Horror Movie
What is better way to get your adrenaline pumping than to watch a film specifically designed for this purpose? Whether it is the stark tone and menacing choral soundtrack of The Omen, or the intense realism of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a good horror movie is sure to get your heart pumping.
Place a Bet
Risk and reward are an inherent part of making a bet, it is this potential that makes gambling such an adrenaline booster (as well as being so addictive). While going to a casino might not be a pastime many feel they’d be good at, you can bet on almost anything nowadays, including video games! Esports online betting is growing in popularity, with sites offering bets on strategy games or just shooters.
Go out of the Comfort Zone
Engaging in an activity that an individual has never experienced before is a wonderful way of increasing adrenaline. This could involve taking part in salsa dancing lessons, performing a routine at open mic night, or belting out a solo at a karaoke bar.
Take a Cold Shower
Cold showers have found an almost cultish following in recent years, and for a good reason. As well as getting the heart rate pumping, this practice has many health benefits. Cold showers have been credited with improving fertility, post-workout recovery, immunity, metabolism, and energy levels. It can be pretty hard to suddenly introduce cold showers into the daily routine; for those looking to do so, starting slowly and building up over time is the best way to go.
Whether it is reaching out to an old friend, an ex-lover, or a stranger, sparking up a conversation with somebody that you haven’t spoken to in a while will probably work to get your adrenaline going, as there is more risk in the interaction, so your body feels the need to prepare you.