Exciting Things To Do To Get Your Blood Flowing and Heart Beating

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The heart is the body’s hardest-working organ, and it’s also a muscle, so the more we work it, the stronger it gets. Not only do we feel great when we get our heart beating and our blood pumping, but we get some health benefits later, too!

We all need some excitement in our lives, which is why we’ve found 10 top activities to get you pumped without needing to step inside a gym. Read on to find out ways to get some thrills, experience health benefits and feel truly alive. 

  1. Hit the Circuit

If there’s one thing that’s sure to give us an adrenaline rush, it’s going fast. We spend most of our lives following the rules and staying within the limits, but sometimes, it’s fun to let our hair down and see how fast we can go.

Booking a track day or trying a rally driving experience is the ideal way to do something daring without any real danger. You could drive a fast car, learn how to tackle corners or enjoy the experience when a professional shows you how it’s done. 

  1. Flirt with Someone New

The best butterflies in your stomach come from meeting someone new. Arrange encounters in London through sites like JOYclub. Intentions are clear and set from the beginning, so you know you’ll meet like-minded people who are also seeking fun and thrills.

Flirting feels amazing because it’s lighthearted and doesn’t have to lead anywhere. Each person gets to decide if they reciprocate; plus, you can show your appreciation and it helps you get to know someone.

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  1. Hit New Heights

Just like racing at top speeds gets your heart pumping, reaching new heights also gives us a hit of adrenaline. The idea of falling is at the back of our minds, which adds an element of danger that makes going up high exciting. 

You don’t need to skydive or bungee jump to get the thrill. You could visit any of London’s skyscrapers to get amazing views and a special feeling. If you need more, try climbing and abseiling on London landmarks like the O2, Tottenham’s stadium or ArcelorMittal Orbit, the sculpture next to London Stadium. 

  1. Race Against Time

Sometimes, it’s an adventure, a task and a ticking clock that gets the blood pumping through our veins. You can find that at any escape room, where physical and mental challenges push you to your limits and give you a buzz every time you solve something.

The ultimate version is the Crystal Maze. You get to work as a team and try different types of tasks in themed environments. Whether running between zones or snatching shiny tickets from the air, your heart will be thumping in your chest.

  1. Be a Big Kid

Almost everything felt exciting as a kid. The freedom and creativity of play made us feel on top of the world. It’s time to bring back that sense of fun, as adults need to play, too. Escape rooms are a chance to play, but there are many other options, including inflatable assault courses, zipline adventures or just a day at the beach. 

Theme parks are one of the best ways to get that adrenaline rush and find opportunities to play. Enjoy the rides and check out the arcade games for the ultimate big-kid experience.

  1. Opt for Immersive Scares

If you like a fright to really get your heart beating, then a scary experience is what you need. While jump scares in films are all well and good, it’s even better if you’re part of the action. Fortunately, there are plenty of tours and immersive experiences in London that deliver.

The London Dungeon is a classic with convincing actors that help you really get into the dark and spine-chilling mood. Alternatively, the London Bridge Experience delivers a bit of history with an eerie trip to the haunted tombs in the vaults below.

  1. Get a New Perspective

Going fast isn’t only for the racetrack. Add to the adrenaline by taking to the water! A speed boat ride will set you up for an exciting day out, with the wind in your hair and new sights to see.

A trip on the Thames Rockets’ speedboats will have you racing around London while experiencing the city from a new perspective. It’s a wild ride where you might also learn a thing or two about famous landmarks, architecture, history and more.   

  1. Unleash Bottled-Up Feelings

Our need for thrills often comes from the fact that we keep our emotions in check all the time. Instead of bottling things up, we should explore all of our feelings in a safe space. Anger and aggression are two feelings that we’re ashamed of, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Rage rooms are places where you can break stuff, like cars, toys, electronics and bottles, without repercussions. You have the right equipment, and no one gets hurt, which makes rage rooms safe spaces for experiencing and letting go of anger.

  1. Face Your Fears

We all have our quirks when it comes to something we’re afraid of or that we perceive as dangerous. Confronting those fears can get the heart beating fast and feel liberating. If you’re feeling brave, some exposure therapy in a controlled environment can work wonders.

Head to an animal park to hold a snake or a spider or visit a sea life centre or aquarium to swim with sharks. Whatever your fear, you can get out of your comfort zone and have some fun.   

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  1. Go Underground

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you’ll need to find new highs and lows. Adventure caving is a thrill seeker’s ideal activity as it includes challenges and some scary scenarios. For something just as fun but less intimidating, you can check out options like Bounce Below, where mine shafts meet trampolining.

If you’re in the city and can’t get out to some natural caves, then you can explore London’s subterranean side. There are hidden crypts, caves, bunkers and tunnels to explore, where the dark and unknown will make your heart flutter. 

Quicken Your Pulse Without the Treadmill

Exercise has its benefits, but there are plenty of other activities that deliver thrills. Whether it’s going fast, exploring the unknown or unleashing your emotions, you’ll get a boost on these fun days out and make memories to last a lifetime.