Rafting is an outdoor activity where you use an inflatable boat to navigate the river. This adventure is most popular on fast mountain rivers, surrounded by a wild, untouched nature. This can be an extremely interesting excursion taking you deep into the heart of nature. The best time to go is in the spring, when the snow from the mountains gives strength to the rivers and they become wild and uncontrollable. Besides the amazing scenery, this sport enjoys a remarkable popularity because of the adrenaline released when passing through rapids. The almost indescribable taming of sparkling waves, accompanied by a deafening roar of the raging river.
It belongs to extreme activities, because there is a risk of serious injury if you do not follow the advice of the skipper. If you “obey” you will be able to enjoy the benefits that this kind of adventure brings. Overall, rafting is a great activity that ensures social, psychological and physical benefits for individuals of all ages.
In addition to unforgettable memories and loads of profile pictures, rafting will also give you:
Stress can have many negative effects on the body, from physical illness to mental illness. Most often it manifests itself as anxiety or depression. One of the most popular ways to reduce stress is physical activation, which helps release endorphin in your body. This chemical triggers positive feelings in the brain, which helps relieve stress and negative emotions. Rowing is one of the more demanding exercises so you can expect to feel better and stress-free after this white water adventure.
Rafting involves maneuvering around rocks and passing through various rapids and cascades. Although the participants are safe at all times, you will awaken a sense of real achievement during this experience. As a result, you will boost self-esteem and self-confidence that will be reflected in other aspects and activities in your life.
Increase brain ability
The same endorphin released during exercise, which helps reduce stress, can help you concentrate and feel confidence in solving problems. In addition, physical activity can help initiate the growth of new brain cells, preventing mental decline that inevitably comes with aging.
A rafting adventure offers the chance to connect with your group while working together to achieve the objective. It is very easy to spot the strengths and weaknesses of your teammates, since rafting requires discipline, teamwork and leadership skills. By participating in team activities, you learn important social skills that can be applied to many other areas of life, including the workplace, or relationships with friends and family. This is the reason why many companies organize rafting as a form of team building.
Staying in the sun and fresh air
Spending time outdoors is a way to expose to the sun and breathe in some clean air. Studies have shown that in combination with physical activity this will create the preconditions for the release of serotonin and endorphin, which results in a beautiful internal sense, since these chemicals are commonly known as hormones of happiness. Not surprisingly, everyone on these excursions is smiling. Though this is probably supported by cold beer and hot lamb, which are the hallmarks of this adventure. 😊
Muscle strengthening and cardio training
Rafting is a fun, but also a demanding physical activity. You need to use your upper body for fast and energetic rowing in order to successfully come down the wild river. Rowing directly affects the biceps, triceps, shoulders and back. It also requires stamina, because you could have longer periods of rowing to ensure an ideal passage through rocks and rapids. If you are a little “rusty”, you can easily get sore muscles in your upper body.
Rafting can be evaluated from a therapeutic point of view. When you are away from modern worries and technology (at least for a few hours), you have the opportunity to look deep into yourself and really connect the mind and the body. Also, deep in the infinite space of Mother Nature you will quickly realize that although there are many obstacles, with enough hard work, dedication and the help of friends, you can achieve anything you want.
There are so many opportunities for a rafting adventure, you can read HERE about the one that I experienced earlier.
If you have not been rafting before, reward yourself with an unforgettable adventure. Now is the time to try.
So, pick up your phone, sign up and start looking forward to an adventure you will long recount.