15 Health benefits of white water rafting

In addition to being a fun way to spend an afternoon, did you know that rafting also offers a number of health and wellness benefits?

Rafting and white water rafting definition are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water.

Rafting in padas

Rafting in padas river

1.Psychological journey

Rafting can be seen as therapeutic in the way that it’s a rigorous sport with minimal risk of injury or harm. By secluding yourself from modern worries, you become one with yourself and your team in the boundless territory of mother nature. Psychologically, your mind journeys with your body down the river, metaphorically revealing your journey through life. While there are many obstacles, you learn quickly with enough hard work, dedication, and help from friends, you can achieve anything.

2. Boosts self-esteem

White water rafting leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment and an increased sense of confidence. Depending on the difficulty of the river, the task may seem intimidating at first, but once you complete it, the feeling of achievement runs rapid in your veins, giving you the confidence to overcome many other challenges.

3.Opportunity for family bonding

White water rafting is one adventure you can take part in with your family, enabling all members of the family unit to bond. Without modern distractions such as work or technology, families can finally have the time to engage in conversation while overcoming a challenge.

4.Excellent cardio workout 

Rafting is a strenuous activity that requires endurance.Rafters must sustain long periods of paddling on fast-flowing rapids to ensure proper navigation and to prevent the raft from, worst case scenario, tipping and sending everyone overboard. The stamina and endurance you need must be at peak levels to ensure you can successfully accomplish the challenge.

5.Builds teamwork

Being in the wilderness with a group of people gives you the opportunity to bond with your teammates. You learn about their strengths and weaknesses, and since white water rafting takes discipline, teamwork and leadership skills, knowing your team is crucial to success. The communication between teammates will ensure the whole team is on the same page.

6.Strengthens muscles

White water rafting is a fun, challenging physical activity. Using your upper body, you paddle quickly and vigorously through the river.The movement of paddling tones your arms, back, and shoulders, and as the current of the river grows more swift and water resistance increases, so too does your muscle strength improve as you continue to fight the challenge of the river.

7.Outdoors/ Fresh Air

Being outdoors is a way for you to soak up the sun and take in nothing but deep breaths of fresh air. In fact, studies show that exercising outdoors is more beneficial to mental health over indoor activities.

8.Reduces stress

Rafting provides you an escape from reality. The quietness of nature lets you relax and leave all your worries behind you, especially when the river is slow-moving. In this moment, you can bask in this moment of peace. And yet, when the river gets going again, you can be sure to exude your stress through the exercise required in heavy paddling!

9.Provides an adrenaline rush

Whitewater rafting guarantees a release of adrenaline. Adrenaline rushes allow rafters to focus only on the excitement they feel rather than the physical exercise of rafting.

10.Satiates the thirst for adventure

Most of the rivers used for white water rafting are in scenic locations that give you the chance to explore your surroundings in a whole new way. Adventure is good for the mind because it’s a positive change of scenery that gives you a new perspective on exploration.

11.River Trips are Good for Your Brain. The City Hurts Your Brain. 

Ever felt like your brain was on overload? Chances are you were in a crowded city or caught in traffic. Activities like river trips allow your brain to unwind from urban life and actually improve mental functioning. So says Marc Berman, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a new study that measured cognitive deficits caused by urban environments. Marc says that the brain is a limited machine and “we are beginning to understand the different ways a city can exceed those limitations.” By contrast, even fleeting glimpses of nature improve brain performance.

12.River Trips are Great for ADD and ADHD

Attention disorders have become one of the challenges of the current age. The percentage of children on Ritalin and other drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD (which is generally ADD in males) is truly astounding. Theories abound on the causes and appropriate treatment of these children, but recent evidence has found that one treatment improves the symptoms in virtually all cases. That treatment is exposure to nature. The data is so compelling that some have suggested that ADD and ADHD are actually “Nature Deficit Disorder” in disguise.

13.Children Benefit Greatly from River Trips, the Longer the Better. 

Those of us who raft know what a thrill it is to watch our children whoop and holler through a whitewater rapid. Often timid at first, by the time you reach takeout the kids are virtually always asking, “where are the really big ones”, and then beg for more. Children these days are often more stressed than adults. This is due in part because they are highly empathetic and mirror the emotions of their parents and other adults who are dealing with the stresses and strains of modern industrial society. Children, however, don’t have the mature coping mechanism we adults allegedly do. It is therefore good to know that researchers have found that children benefit from exposure to nature with a dose related reduction in their stress levels. The longer the exposure to nature, the lower the levels of stress in the child.

14.Experiences Make Us Happier Than Possessions 

In tough economic times, if you have some cash to spare, how do you choose to spend it to maximize happiness? Dr. Howell Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University, believes that a sense of relatedness to others – getting closer to friends and family – generates more happiness than purchasing material things and helps explain this finding. As the ultimate team sport, rafting provides a great opportunity to maximize the beneficial effects of social bonding and, since it occurs in natural settings, takes advantage of five more reasons rafting supports mental and physical health. Read on!

15-Living new experiences/ Changing routine

It’s easy to fall under a routine, we all do. Doesn’t matter what you do for a living, we all work, try to sleep and eat well, get our things sorted out and get by with living. And we also need ways of relaxing and entertaining ourselves, changing the routine. Living a new adventure or planning a getaway from the city is the best recipe. Trying out different things provides memories and sensations that will stay with you for as long as you remember.

 

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