Did you know that adrenaline can actually be an addiction? If you’re looking for a quick fix of this infamous fight-or-flight hormone, lack of experience can be the only thing standing between you and your next thrilling adventure.
The good news? There are many ways to amp up your adrenaline—no experience necessary.
That’s where this list comes in. Here’s a closer look at five of our favorite pulse-raising activities for beginners.
1. Go Bungee Jumping
This one may be obvious, but it more than earns its place atop this list. Bungee jumping delivers some serious “bang for the buck” on the adrenaline scale, and it requires absolutely no prior experience or equipment.
Aside from meeting basic age, height, and weight requirements, all you have to do to cross bungee jumping off your bucket list? Pick the amazing location of your choice, muster the will to jump, and go for it.
2. Give Karaoke a Go
While physically intense activities like sky-diving and bungee jumping often come first to mind when we think of exhilarating activities, karaoke is an excellent option for anyone looking for a low-impact rush.
If you’ve never belted out your favorite song on a stage in front of a room full of strangers, you have no idea what you’re missing. And whether you’re the next Kelly Clarkson or Simon Cowell would hurl some serious insults in your direction, karaoke is open to anyone brave enough to give it a go.
A similar theme for aspiring poets, comedians, and other performers? Find an open mic night to perform at.
3. Take a Surfing Lesson
While there’s technically no experience required to grab a surfboard and head to the nearest shore, a surfing lesson is an excellent way to learn the basics of this beloved pastime, convening with nature, and get a major rush.
Ask any surfer, and they’ll tell you that catching waves is a genuine addiction. This isn’t just talk. Research has shown that surfing leads to the production of endorphins, adrenaline and serotonin—all of which make you feel really, really good….and leave you wanting more.
4. Explore a Haunted House
Is there a better way to flood your body with adrenaline than with a good scare? There’s a reason why people have been scaring themselves since the beginning of time, and why haunted houses are an especially popular pursuit: They get minds racing, hearts pumping, and feet moving.
Even if you know deep down inside that you’re not in any real danger, haunted houses have been scientifically proven to activate the fight-or-flight instinct.
5. Roller Coaster Ride
There’s a reason why amusements are big business and roller coasters are often the main attraction. While many people “collect” coasters, anyone willing to pay the cost of admission can go for a spin.
There are thousands of roller coasters all over the globe just waiting to be discovered. Wondering where to start? Check out this roundup of the world’s seven best roller coasters.