Why try bungee jumping? 5 reasons to take the leap of faith
Apr 29, 2017 BY AWE365 Team
Extreme sports are not everyone’s cup of tea, and bungee jumping is as extreme as it gets without specialist training. For many this modern day leap of faith is the scariest thing they will ever do, so why try bungee jumping?
It’s understandable. Flinging yourself off a bridge, cliff edge, building or crane, with nothing more than a glorified elastic band attached to your ankles, does not come naturally. For many people the thought alone is enough to churn their stomach.
That said, the world divides into two types of people. Those who regard the idea of bungee jumping as utterly insane, and those who would love to take the plunge. Arguably, it’s the first group that needs convincing of the very real benefits, so here are 5 reasons to take the leap of faith and try bungee jumping.
Why try bungee jumping?
We’ve asked a selection of jumpers, from the very reluctant to the regular, ‘Why try bungee jumping?’. Strangely they’re answers were all pretty similar and can be summarised in the below 5 reasons to take the leap of faith.
Conquer your fears
Bungee Jumping is the perfect way to face your fears and confront them, head first. This doesn’t only apply to the obvious fears – fear of heights, fear of open spaces or being turned upside down – but your other fears in life too.
Summoning every ounce of courage, you overcome your inhibitions and terrors to take that leap of faith. And what may seem like the craziest idea you’ve ever had in your life will melt away the moment you’ve stepped off the edge. When you’re able to do this, any other challenges and fears in life will pale in comparison.
Feel truly alive
It may sound cheesy but it’s been confirmed many times: the experience of Bungee Jumping makes you feel truly ‘alive’. It’s all down to the adrenaline rush that you will start feeling even before the jump, as your heart rate and blood pressure goes up in anticipation as part of your body’s ‘flight or fight’ reaction to the perceived danger.
Once you’ve completed the jump, your body will also the release endorphins – the feel good hormones. These give you a feeling of euphoria and in combination with the adrenaline it makes you feel truly alive and happy. But don’t take our word for it, check out this article about the science of happiness by the Independent.
As you take the leap, safe in the knowledge that no harm will come to you, it’s a wonderful way to release of all your worries and problems. The natural high from the adrenaline and endorphins will ensure you feel more alive than you’ve ever felt before, and you’ll probably be planning your next Bungee Jump.
Have an adventure
If you always err on the side of caution and your life is safe and perhaps a bit dull it is a a great reason to try bungee jumping. It’s your chance to let go and live ‘on the edge’ and the perfect way to have an adventure with just the right amount of ‘danger’ to make it exciting.
While Bungee Jumping seems dangerous, it’s actually one of the safest sports – it has to be, otherwise it wouldn’t still be around. There has only been one fatality in the UK back in 2002 and since then no significant accidents, check out the UK Health and Safety Executive for more info on british bungee jumping safety.
A lot of safety testing and scientific calculations go into every piece of equipment and every jump. From the jumping height to the tension and tightness of ropes and straps, to bounces and deflections, safety is always the overriding consideration.
Be proud of your achievement
Not everyone is brave enough to take the proverbial leap of faith – but you did! It’s a huge personal achievement and definitely gives you bragging rights over your family, friends, colleagues, in fact everyone!
Make sure your get pictures of the experience or, better still, video footage you can share on social media. Many operators will give you a certificate to prove you’ve taken the jump. Having completed a Bungee Jump it’s not something to keep quiet about. Be proud of yourself!
Better than any material possessions, great memories can last a lifetime. Whether you’re jumping on your own or with friends, one thing is for certain: the whole Bungee Jumping experience will be one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Every time you look at the pictures or rewatch the video, the experience will come flooding back as if it were yesterday. As experiences go, it’s a big one and the memory of it will be right up there with the best of them. That’s one to cross off your bucket list.
Brief history of bungee jumping
Bungee Jumping originated in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu. Using vines and a rickety platform it was an indigenous boys-to-men rite of passage ritual.
The activity came to the attention of the thrill seekers of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club. As you can see in this BBC archive, they organised the first modern jump, illegally, from Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1979.
Organised commercial Bungee Jumping began with AJ Hackett in New Zealand in the 1980s. AJ promoted the sport with a whole range of crazy stunts, including bungee jumping from the Eiffel Tower – for which he was arrested by the French authorities.
These days, Bungee Jumping is a widely available activity – there’s no need to travel halfway around the world. Whether you wish to jump indoors or outdoors, in London or around the UK, there are many specialist operators offering Bungee Jumping experiences.
If you’re looking to give a special ‘experience’ gift, then we recommend you buy a voucher that can be redeemed at any of the locations across the UK. This is also a great way to motivate yourself to jump, as once you have paid out for a voucher you are much less likely to make excuses not to do it.
With the widest range of bungee jumping locations across the UK, we recommend Into The Blue. You can then choose to jump from one of their 12 locations spread all over the UK from Belfast to Brighton, Liverpool to London and Middlesbrough to Maidenhead.
Well we hope we answered the question ‘Why try bungee jumping?’, if you would like to give it a go outside the UK then check out our article about the best bungee jumping destinations worldwide.
11 Benefits of Bungee Jumping: Health, Mental, & Social
Bungee jumping has become extremely popular over the last couple of decades, but it’s very rare that anybody will actually take a step back to think about the mental and health benefits that it could provide. Sounds weird doesn’t it?
But there is research to suggest that extreme sports such as bungee jumping can in fact change your mood and heighten your focus. I will go into those a little later on as they aren’t the only advantages or benefits you can get from bungee jumping… there’s so much more to it.
What are the benefits of bungee jumping?
If you want to know how this extreme sport could be to your advantage, then read on. I’ve listed the benefits of bungee jumping below, with some interesting quotes interspersed from experts in their field.
1. You can overcome your fears
One of the biggest benefits of bunging jumping is giving you the platform to overcome your fears. I was scared of heights before my first time (I still am) but managed to get the courage together to make the leap.
By facing your fears head on in the scenario of a bungee jump or similar, you can then take that experience into other aspects of your life.
You will be scared, but if you can face your fears you ticked off the first bungee jumping benefit!
I genuinely believe that since I started bungee jumping, I am now a more confident and bold decision maker in all aspects of my life.
If you can face your fears and jump from that platform, you will be able to turn that fear into courage, becoming more confident and empowered.
2. You can reach greater levels of emotional intelligence
And there is actually some science to suggest that facing fears can improve your emotional intelligence and mental well-being.
By taking on challenges that put you outside of your comfort zone, you could reap the benefits. This is exactly what extreme athletes are able to do. They become successful by harnessing the fear they feel and turning that into better performance.
For example, a pharmacologist at Edinburgh University told the Independent Travel section that bungee jumping could benefit you. This is what he said:
“The process of successfully conquering our terrors is accompanied by numerous chemical processes in the body. The rush you get from surviving, say, a bungee-jump will dramatically change your mood. It will also make you temporarily immune to pain. Substances released into the bloodstream will include not only adrenaline but also 5HT, (the substance which Prozac stimulates in the body), as well as morphine-like substances.”
3. You can release stress and worry
Imagine standing on top of a platform, 130 meters in the air. What will you be thinking about at this point?
Like most people it’s going to be the survival instincts and fear that naturally kick-in. You won’t be thinking about your mortgage payments, or the daily grind of your nine to five job.
All your external worries and stresses will disappear as your make your jump. After my jump it’s all I can think about, with a buzz that can last for days.
Handy Hint: Want to know what a bungee jump really feels like? Read about my own experience plus stories from other first-timers.
A little bit of adrenaline can be a good thing. As long as it’s not a long-lasting rush of adrenalin, it can heighten your body’s senses and is similar to a shot of human jet fuel.
4. You can make amazing memories
I would rather have memories than possessions. I recall every single bungee jump I have made with almost laser like precision. Don’t ask me what I had for breakfast this morning; I couldn’t tell you – but that jump of the Macau Tower… it’s burned into my memory.
You will remember this moment for as long as you live.
You won’t forget what will be one of the most amazing and enjoyable experiences of your lifetime… even more so if you buy the photos and video of the day.
In fact, every time you watch the video footage or photos back, the memories of your bungee jump and the way it made you feel will come flooding back.
5. You can accomplish a huge achievement
What things in life are you truly proud about? What things have you achieved that provide a conversation point over dinner? Jumping off a bridge or crane will certainly be up there!
Bungee jumping isn’t for everyone, and it’s only something that the truly brave will ever try to attempt. You should be proud of your accomplishment.
It will give you bragging rights for years to come over your friends, family, people you work with and more. Who wouldn’t want that?
6. You can feel truly alive
When was the last time you felt alive? I know that sounds a bit twee, but it’s true. The exhilaration, adrenalin, and endorphins that get released during a bungee jump will electrify you – in a good way!
If you’re bored with the daily grind and want to release some feel good endorphins, try a bungee jump – you can read more about how there is a science behind why this makes you happy in this UK newspaper.
Handy Hint: Check out this guide I created for first-time bungee jumpers. It explains how you can be best prepared both mentally and physically to truly enjoy the benefits this extreme sport can offer.
7. You can strengthen your muscles
But what about the health benefits of bungee jumping? Are there any?
I believe that some of the benefits I have already raised will have a knock-on effect, after all, healthy mind, healthy body springs to mind. And there’s some degree of truth in all of this.
You might be able to get some health benefits from bungee jumping, but you’d have to be doing it very regularly to see any real impact.
By bungee jumping you can stretch your muscles, improve your reflexes and stamina and have a short cardio workout that’s unrivalled in the view you get! There’s also the walking up all those steps to get to the platform too…
There’s even a Bungee Workout program available now. The brains behind it say it offers a 360-degree dynamic workout involving squats, lunges and press-ups.
8. You can explore the world
Why bungee jump over a boring industrial landscape when you could take in jungle views, valleys, mountains, over a fast-flowing river and other stunning vistas?
Bungee jumping gives you the opportunity to visit far flung locations. Some of the best jumps in the world are in areas that you probably would never visit unless you had good reason too… and what better reason than a bungee?
Handy Hint: Check out some photos of the most stunning bungee locations in the world in this article about how much a jump costs in different countries.
9. You can make it a romantic event
My first ever bungee jump was on a vacation with my wife. We went to Thailand on our honeymoon and decided we both wanted to take the plunge. We went separately at first, and then after that made it a tandem jump (here’s how tandem bungee works).
We were strapped together, facing each other. We then jumped as a pair.
The experience definitely brought us closer together and has to be one of the most romantic things we have ever done together.
10. You can make friends for life
Almost 99% of everyone else at the bungee operation will be jumping for the first time. It’s a great place to meet people and enjoy the camaraderie and encouragement that you will all offer each other.
Once your first jump is complete, you will almost certainly want to do it again. We did this and met another couple who we’ve actually now bungeed with on a few more occasions since.
Bungee jumping puts you in a small and exclusive club, where only the members can identify and relate to each other about how awesome this is.
11. You will quite simply have…. FUN!
And last but not least, it’s just fun. There is no other way to explain it!
Benefits and risks of bungee jumping
I’m a huge fan of bungee jumping. The benefits to me have been out of this world. But I need to temper that with bringing up what the benefits and risks can be. It would be remiss of me not to.
Whilst it is relatively safe (see the statistics), it can be dangerous.
Operators will not let people jump with certain medical conditions including (but not limited to):
- If you have an ankle or leg injury.
- If you have back, neck, or spinal injury injuries.
- If you have any recent bone breaks, dislocations, or fractures.
- If you have epilepsy.
- If you have a heart problem or conditions.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If you are pregnant.
During a bungee jump, your heart rate can reach as high as 160 beats per minute. You can burst blood vessels in your eyes, could experience whiplash, possible fractures, strains, and ligament damage – and in worst case scenarios, it could be fatal.
But I don’t want to put you off.
If you worry about things like this, you will never make your first jump. Just please do your research into the operator you are using and check their reviews and safety record.
Jumping off a platform attached to a bungee cord is crazy when you think about it. You will need to plumb the depths of your inner psyche to overcome the fear to make that step off.
But once you have managed to do it, any other challenges you face will seem like small fry in comparison.
For me, that’s the biggest benefits of bungee jumping… it completely changes your outlook on life.
Whilst there are also health benefits of bungee jumping, you need to do a lot of jumps to get any real impact from it – unless you are doing bungee workouts indoors (which aren’t quite the same).
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Bungee Fitness: 10 Reasons Why You Should Try It
Bungee fitness is a resistance program that helps tone muscles while having fun. People doing this fitness training use a harness suspended by a bungee cord. The cord is attached from the ceiling and this allows the trainee to do aerobics, dance, bounce, plunge, and even fly.
This workout combines the elements of dance and exercises like planks, lunges, squats, sprints, and push-ups. It is a combination of acrobatic performance, dance skills, and fitness training designed for anyone. A person using bungees will work their entire body including arms, legs, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, neck, etc. This workout routine has been proven effective because it combines cardio exercises such as running, jumping rope, dancing, bouncing on trampolines, swimming laps, playing basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.
This workout is not only for dancers but also for fitness seekers. Bungee fitness can work best for different fitness levels. The good thing about this fitness program is its physiotherapy and rehabilitation effect. It means that an individual who is recuperating from an injury or trying to lose weight will benefit the most from bungee fitness training.
By using bungee cords you can execute different aerobic activities such as stationary cycling or jogging. This fitness program will truly boost your health and improve your well-being while having fun at the same time.
Here are 10 reasons why you need to try bungee fitness:
1. It tones the core muscles
Bungee fitness targets the core muscles by doing exercises using a bungee cord. The cord is a resistance training tool that will enhance muscle toning and improves your fitness performance.
2. Increases stamina
Just like any other form of exercise, a bungee workout helps to increase your stamina. This is the reason why many runners prefer this workout routine not only to improve stamina but also to cardio endurance.
3. Motion-based training
As mentioned above, a bungee workout involves a movement-based routine. However, even if the entire body is utilized, yet it does not make you feel exhausted after the training.
4. Improved balance and flexibility
For your body to function efficiently you must work on your balance. Through the harness and bungee cord, you can do balancing exercises such as changing your stance.
5. Weightless training
Bungee fitness does not require you to use weight training tools. That’s why you can perform the exercises without assistance. The bungee cord will take care of you and there’s nothing to worry about falling.
6. Improves strength
The aerial component of bungee fitness helps to improve strength. It leverages your body weight and gravity.
7. Extreme fat burn
This fitness routine will sweat you out and eventually burn fat. The resistance training movements used in bungee fitness can activate the stored fats. Doing a low-intensity exercise that keeps you moving constantly can help to burn fat effectively.
8. Enhance mobility
The bungee workout can enhance mobility. In spite of the fact that it doesn’t entail high-impact movements, yet the impacts on the joints are absorbed by the bungee cords. With this, you need not worry about experiencing joint pains. Bungee fitness doesn’t only improve mobility but also flexibility.
9. High cardio
Bungee fitness is a workout program that is high cardio. This means revving up the routine initializes your metabolism that is the key to burning fat. The good thing is that while doing a high cardio routine, it does not cause stress on the joints.
10. Increased blood flow
As your body moves constantly, you can expect that the blood will flow towards the muscle fibers.
The concept of bungee fitness is tailored for young and old alike. Regardless of your size, shape, or fitness level, the principle of bungee workouts is the same.
Individuals with physical restrictions or arthritis can perform exercises that they had never tried before. In fact, even overweight people can do a bungee workout without pain. Through bungee fitness, the metabolism speeds up and it revs up cardio.
The effects of bungee fitness depend on how you move. This workout will keep you moving in various directions. It is an incredible workout that can burn calories in a fun way.
In addition, doing bungee fitness can help conquer your fear and is a great way to release stress. If you want to try this workout, all you have to do is to look for a fitness center that has trained professionals to teach the technique of bungee fitness.
Like any other exercise
1. The best way to get a good stretch is by using the right type of stretching device and doing it correctly.
2. You should always warm-up before you start your routine with any kind of exercise or sport. This will help prevent injury.
3. If you have an injury that prevents you from exercising, then don’t try to push through it! Instead, see a doctor who can give you advice on how to recover properly.
4. Don’t overdo it when working out – if you’re feeling tired after just 30 minutes, stop and rest instead of continuing until you collapse.
5. Make sure you drink plenty of water while you work out so that you stay hydrated.
6. Always listen to your body’s signals during workouts; this means stopping as soon as something hurts.
7. When choosing which exercises to do in order to achieve maximum results, make sure they target all major muscle groups.