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Extreme sports could be described more as a state of mind than a group of sports. When George Mallory gave his now legendary explanation of why he climbed the world's tallest mountains - "Because they're there" – it was in all likelihood the most pragmatic answer he could give at the time to inquirers who he knew would probably be unable to grasp why he and others are drawn to such activities. Realistically, there are probably as many reasons as there are people who do them.
Extreme sports differ from other
sports, and even from aspects of the same sports, by the real or perceived inherent risks, most often brought about by the presence of uncontrollable variables such as weather (snow, ice & wind), terrain, water conditions (waves & current) and others. Unlike most sports which are performed in conditions which are at least somewhat contained or controlled, extreme sports athletes compete not only against other athletes, but also – and sometimes only – against these natural phenomena.
Much debate has ensued over the years about the ethics of exposing oneself to risk for what is viewed by some as simply entertainment. Certainly there are reckless participants, but most serious athletes take risk very seriously and the management of it is an integral part of the sport. Facing one’s mortality, even brushing it from a distance, not only makes us feel more alive, but generates a tremendous appreciate for all that’s most important in life.
There is no exhaustive list of extreme sports, and many sports practiced by extreme sports athletes are also enjoyed in more controlled environments. Some common sports favored by extreme sports athletes include:
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountaineering
  • Rock & Ice Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite Boarding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Water Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Skydiving
  • Storm Chasing
  • Hang gliding
  • Bungee Jumping
Most extreme sports involve a lot of hard work and often go on for long periods of time. Proper nutrition is vital for peak performance and enjoyment. SoLo bars were created to provide clean, sustained energy that stays with you for hours, unlike typical energy bars which spike your blood sugar for a burst of energy that quickly crashes and leaves you more tired than before.
Usage Instructions:
To give you a steady stream of energy while hitting the slopes or trails, enjoy 1-2 SoLo bars 30 to 60 minutes prior to your activity. Also take extra SoLo bars along to refuel and replenish - your body will thank you for the good nutrition after a hard day on the slopes and you will be ready for more!
SoLo is also perfect as a great-tasting recovery snack; with each bar containing 23-26 grams of quality carbohydrates. Recent research has also shown that combining protein with your post-exercise snack may help the absorption of carbohydrates and may also aid in protein synthesis and muscle-tissue repair. As such, with SoLo having 11-13 grams of protein, it can provide the ultimate recovery food.
Final tip: Remember to consume 200-400mL of water with each SoLo bar(s) to ensure proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
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