There’s not much danger to be found sitting behind a desk all day. Not the “oops, NSFW” kind; the kind that makes you really feel alive. Sure, some of us get that brush-with-death rush on our morning bike commute. But sometimes you’ve got to just live on the edge. We’ve rounded up a few ways to get your blood pumping.
Be Prepared: G4S International Training Inc. is a sprawling campus in rural Virginia covered with junker cars and dudes who look like they know how to handle guns. And they do! Their open-enrollment courses are meant to appeal to wusses looking for a jolt (or those dutifully preparing for the apocalypse). Go out for a full-day class on firing various guns, or learn to handle an attempted carjacking. Or, if that sounds too intensive, keep your eye out for a re-up of a now sold-out Living Social coupon that gets you a sampler platter of target practice, evasive driving training and a simulated hostage situation. Warning: you will have to sign a piece of paper stating that you are “not a fugitive from justice.”G4S, 1536 International Drive, Shacklefords, Va.; 804-785-6000.
Take the Leap: If you tumble out of a commercial airliner you’re probably a goner. But jumping out of a small plane is another story. Tandem skydiving, in which a licensed instructor is attached to your back making sure you don’t die, is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to get the biggest adrenaline rush of your life.