Outdoor Activities and Why They Benefit You
Outdoor activities may not sound like everyone’s cup of tea, but this page will give you an insight into the benefits of outdoor activities and why you should give them a go!
Outdoor activities can vary from a simple countryside walk to kayaking down a grade 4 river through the Alps, it all depends on what you like and your ability or confidence. As long as you’re outdoors in the fresh air and being active, you are doing an outdoor activity, whether it feels like it or not.
What are the Benefits of Outdoor Activities
Just being able to get out of the house for the day is a real benefit in itself, but if you set yourself a challenge such as walking a certain amount of miles or completing a mountain biking route then there is also the self-accomplishment aspect to feel satisfied about.
In this day and age technology has taken over the world, its keeping people inside more and more, as good as modern day technology is, letting it take over your life and keep you indoors isn’t healthy. This is especially the case for children, who need the outdoors and fresh air more than adults, they need it to learn, develop social skills and for their general health. Taking your children to the park or to sports clubs will help you and your children meet new people with mutual interests, what more could you want!
Outdoor activities don’t only help you physically, they can help you mentally more than you think. When out in the outdoors you can switch off from normality for a short while, let your mind be free to explore your thoughts. Physical activities have been scientifically proven to be mood boosters, helping both anxiety and depression and reducing stress levels thus releasing those endorphins which in effect improves your overall wellbeing, allowing you to reach a positive state.
A lot of people associate the word ‘exercise’ with a gym or gym equipment, this is not the case at all, and anything from a walk in your local park to competing in a triathlon is exercise. As long as you’re doing something physical and being active, you are exercising. Exercise isn’t all about training to get a model body; it’s all about having the energy to get through your daily tasks safely and effectively.
Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)
Nature-deficit disorder is the idea that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, and the belief that this change results in a wide range of behavioral problems. This disorder is not recognized in any of the medical manuals for mental disorders Evidence was compiled and reviewed in 2009 Richard Louv has stated "nature-deficit disorder is not meant to be a medical diagnosis but rather to serve as a description of the human costs of alienation from the natural world”.
Find out more about Nature Deficit Disorder at
Children & Nature