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Relieve Stress Get Outdoors

Most of the people on this site already appreciate the great outdoors. They take part in sports, hunt or hike for many reasons, but they all do it, in part, because they love to be outside.

At first, not everyone feels the same way. They may feel cold, or exposed to the elements, but in time most people get used to this, and start to really appreciate what nature has to offer.

Eventually, people find that if they do not spend time close to nature that they miss it. Even on a cold day, they feel the urge to get up from a comfy chair, in a warm chair, and go for a walk.

Basically, they have the bug. They are happier when they are outdoors than when they are in a confined space.

Studies show that being outside is actually very good for us. All kinds of people can be helped by taking up a hobby or sport that takes them outside.

This is particularly the case for people that suffer from mental health issues. Numerous studies have shown that outdoor activities are good for those who are suffering from depression. Simple activities like walking and fishing are usually the best way to help people with this health issue to get out and about. They do not require the person to learn a special set of skills, and in the case of walking require no special equipment. Importantly, the activity can be done for just an hour or for most of the day. This flexibility is ideal for someone who may not feel like staying out for long one day.

In time, many people find that they feel well enough to take up a more demanding activity. For example, in time someone that walks will want to start jogging. Before they know it they are going for long runs, and training for a marathon and socialising with other participants.

 

Get up – Get Out and Enjoy

Our first post is to tell everyone about us and to give you all the inspiration to get out and enjoy the natural world. We love spending time outdoors, and over the years have visited national parks, nature reserves, as well as enjoyed the parks and countryside in our area.

We started hiking in our 20s. It was a cheap holiday, we could take the kids and camp. At the time, wild camping was a good option, so we only had to find gas money. We had to buy some gear too, but we got most of our outdoor outfits in the sales and from our family.

In no time at all we were bitten by the outdoor bug. As our finances got better we started to do it more often. Spending weekends away and we began to try new outdoor pursuits. In no time at all we were canoeing, climbing, fishing and orienteering.

Once we had the outdoor bug we really had it. During the winter we couldn’t do as much as we wanted to, so started to travel. We went on safari, walking in the Alps and sailing. However, family commitments stopped us travelling for a bit, but we still needed our outdoor fix, so hiking in the rain became the norm for us. We also got the skiing bug and tried tobogganing, sledging and all kinds of other winter sports.

 

As you can see the list of outdoor activities you can enjoy is literally endless, and you do no need good weather to get out and about. We found that provided we bought good quality clothes we had all the protection we needed from the weather. That way we could enjoy ourselves year round as well as indulge our passion for winter sports.

The advantage of getting out and about

If you are looking for a way to get fit and improve how you feel getting up and spending time outdoors is a great way to do it.When you are walking or paddling down a river you burn a lot of calories without really noticing that you are doing it. This is great because there is no need to skip dessert when you are enjoying lunch on your travels.

Not only do you lose weight you stay toned and enjoy better cardiovascular health. Studies have also shown that people who interact with nature more suffer from less allergies and food intolerances.

Being outside is also good for your mental health. People who spend plenty of time outside are generally happier, they sleep better and suffer from less depression.

 

During our travels we have met all kinds of people. Today, many of our friends are people we met while enjoying outdoor pastimes. In our case it also provided us with an income for several years. We offered coaching and tours in our locale and sold outdoor sports clothing, so for us the great outdoors has been great. It has brought huge benefits to our family, so we want more people to get out and enjoy the same benefits.

We still spend a lot of time enjoying our pastimes, so this blog is just a side project for us. You may hear from us every week or once or twice a month. It depends what we are up to, but everything we write will be designed to help you to choose a outdoor pastime for your family, plan your trips and buy the right equipment.