Adrenaline and Skydiving and . . . Weight Loss?

Adrenaline and Skydiving and . . . Weight Loss?

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While some people associate skydiving as a thrill-seeker activity or an activity for only the extreme who are pursuing a sport that makes your heart race, most people fail to think about is the fact that there may be benefits to this. After all, adrenaline, produced during activities such as skydiving has been linked to reducing abdominal fat. Have you ever thought of skydiving as a way to get rid of some of that extra belly fat?

Epinephrine, also known as adrenaline, is a neurotransmitter naturally produced by the body. Really, it is something that keeps people alive. In our early days—our caveman days—humanity was often times faced with situations and dangers such as warring Neanderthals or ferocious beasts. When this happened two options were presented: 1) Stay and fight the danger or 2) Run away and seek shelter in a safer place.

This is known as the fight-or-flight response.

This is where adrenaline (epinephrine) comes into play. Its role has been important in human survival for centuries. Another benefit of adrenaline is it is useful in fat loss. Activities that increase the blood flow of adrenaline help with this.

Adrenaline does four things worth considering while trying to lose weight. Adrenaline helps increase strength. It also helps heightens a person’s senses. Third it boosts energy. Finally, it allows a person to focus better.

There simply is no better way to lose weight then with adrenaline. Sports such as skydiving significantly increase adrenaline.

Science backs this up.

According to an article published in U.S. National Library of Medicine by Stephen Boutcher on November 24, 2010, aerobic exercise can have a small impact on body fat, but other activities can be even better. The article goes on to suggest research indicates “high intensity intermittent exercise” may be more effective at “reducing abdominal body fat than other types of exercise.”

In the study conducted, peak heart rates were recorded after a rigorous 30 seconds of activity. This increased blood flow as well. In conclusion of the study, people who engaged in highly intense adrenaline producing activities, had less abdominal fat, better body fat ratio, and a smaller waistline circumference. In the short term, the group that participated in highly intense activities did better, and in a longer 15-week study this proved to only intensify.

Engaging in activities that you enjoy also has a psychological effect as well. Direct enjoyment produces emotional well-being. The added benefit here is the fact that the adrenaline produced from skydiving actually aids in the reduction of abdominal body fat. So there literally is no better way to shed pounds around the stomach than to engage in a fun epinephrine filled adventure.

Of course, if you feel like you are unsure if skydiving is safe for you or if you are worried about possible heart problems, always contact your physician first.

But the evidence is out there that supports the ancient human response of fight-or-flight has tremendous benefits. Who would have thought that these benefits go beyond mere survival?

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