by Ann Harrison
Have you ever thought about daring to do something that you’ve never done before? Has anyone ever dared you to go skydiving? If not, you may be surprised to learn that there are health benefits to skydiving. Picture yourself boarding a plane, with your skydiving gear and a tandem instructor. Your heart is pounding; your nerves are on edge; and your stomach drops down to your feet, then shoots back up into your throat. What an adrenaline rush! Here’s how taking this crazy dare can benefit you, and anyone you choose to take with you on your exciting, yet scary adventure!
Skydiving can develop your strength and endurance. If you plan to skydive alone, it is important for you to strengthen your muscles, because you’ll need to carry your equipment on the plane, which will burn calories and tone your muscles. Don’t let me scare you into thinking that skydiving is impossible for beginners, because this notion is an absolute misconception. You can take a tandem dive with a certified instructor, if you feel uncomfortable going it alone. Although you are strapped into a harness with your instructor, the dive will still help you build strength, and improve muscle tone by using your arm strength to release and control your parachute, and your lower body strength to make a safe landing.
Did you know that skydiving can relieve stress? Yes, it’s true! It’s important to stay focused on your instructor, which causes you to forget everything else, including his or her name. With stress relief, comes a positive impact on your mental health. How is this possible, you ask? There are a couple of ways to answer this question. First of all, the adrenaline rush you get, as you’re falling through the air! This rush of adrenaline can leave you feeling excited, yet help you control your mental focus, so your dive can be safe and successful. This adrenaline rush gives you energy, and leaves you feeling electrified.
Need a boost of courage or confidence? Research shows that skydiving can boost your confidence and help you conquer your fears. Some people even discover that where they once had a lack of self-confidence before skydiving, after they took a safe, successful dive, they were able to do anything they set their minds to. They also discovered that they were stronger than they once thought, after skydiving. If you are one of those people, then skydiving may be the one daring activity that you’ve been longing to check off your bucket list.
Although there are many more benefits to skydiving, here are a few tips to help prepare for your daring adventure.
First of all, it’s important to know that you should make sure the cost of skydiving is in your budget, because you’ll be shelling out approximately $200 for a tandem dive, and around $100 more for extras, such as your skydiving video, which I highly recommend that you purchase, as proof for your friends and family. I also recommend that you skydive in tandem, especially if this is your first trip to the drop zone.
The type of clothing you wear on your skydiving expedition is also important. Find out if your drop zone requires you to wear jump suits, or simply provides them as an optional alternative. If jump suits aren’t required, you will want to wear heavy blue jeans or any other type of loose comfortable clothing, and shoes with laces. That’s right, you can’t wear flip-flops or slip on shoes, because you will surely lose them on the way down.
You may want to consider bringing snacks and drinks (no alcohol allowed), because you could be waiting nearly half a day at the drop zone, , depending on the weather and other factors that may delay your flight. Be sure to leave your valuables either at home, in your car, or with a friend. Some landing fields may have lockers where you can store your belongings, but always come prepared, in case lockers aren’t available. Be sure to purchase a non-drowsy medication to prevent motion sickness, if needed.
About the Author
Ann Harrison is a totally blind author, who grew up in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia, and has moved back to her family home after living in North Georgia for several years. Ann has written many articles of general interest for a number of clients since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch. She has also published a short story entitled “The Big Climb” in Awethology Light. Ann also published a story entitled “The Woods” in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors. She is currently working on several novels, and a self-help book. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog at www.wwannwrites.wordpress.com.