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The Best Things To Do For An Adrenaline Rush

Updated June 16, 2020 1.3k votes 178 voters 13.5k views15 items

List RulesWhat would you do for the thrill of it? Jump out of an airplane? Swim with crocodiles? Read a book on your couch?

As actor Jerry Lewis once put it, "Adrenaline is wonderful. It covers pain. It covers dementia. It covers everything." But what is adrenaline, exactly? It is a type of stress hormone, also known as epinephrine, that is responsible for our bodies “fight-or-flight” response. Basically, when people are presented with a threat, whether it be mental or physical, the brain tells the adrenal glands, the stress hormone is released, turned into dopamine, then adrenaline.

Many people enjoy the overwhelming and exciting feelings of euphoria that can accompany adrenaline rushes – some maybe a little too much (read: "adrenaline junkies"). The effects of adrenaline can be quite enjoyable, which is why people often seek ways to experience one. It is why people sometimes do seemingly silly, outrageous things like jump out of a helicopter with a stranger strapped to their back or jump into a dark ocean to frolic with sharks. They are doing it for "the thrill of it."

Below are some of the best activities to do for an adrenaline rush. What are some things you have done that have given you an adrenaline rush? Is there anything you wouldn't do, regardless of how exciting it would be?
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    Rockclimbing is a great way to get an adrenaline rush, whether you do it indoors or outside. It is only after you are halfway up the wall do you realize how much harder it actually is than it looks. Bonus if there is a crowd of strangers watching you, making you feel like you have something to prove.
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    Deep Diving

    Some people might think swimming with fish would be a serene activity – calming, even. But when you go deep diving, you become immediately aware that you could very well encounter scary marine life. Even if you go swimming with sharks in a protected cage, it doesn't make coming face to face with such an enormous, sharp-toothed creature any less exciting.
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    Ice Swimming

    If you are looking for a way to really shock your body for an adrenaline rush but don't want to go as far as jumping out of a plane or getting friendly with wildlife, you could always go ice swimming. While your body will most definitely hate you for those first few seconds (or minutes, depending on your stamina), it will only be a matter of time before you are able to breathe again and enjoy the warming effects of adrenaline coursing through your veins.
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    Singing Karaoke

    Even if you do not have a very good singing voice (and most of us don't), getting on stage in front of a crowd to sing karaoke is a great way to get an adrenaline rush. Public speaking is not something many people enjoy, but public SINGING seems like a recipe for disaster. But letting yourself be vulnerable while letting loose and having fun can be a rewarding (and still embarrassing) experience.
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