Our hectic modern lives require us to sit for hours in front of screens as we work, solve our practical day to day issues and build social interactions and networks. Our body is forgotten as our minds take over, and physical space gives way to virtual space. But our minds are in fact dependent on our bodies, just as virtuality exists in a physical dimension full of natural light, breezes and singing birds. Reconnecting with the earth, and giving our bodies what they need, is essential to finding a sustainable balance in the modern day world.
At Explore-Share we believe that outdoor adventures enrich people’s lives and that hiring experienced local guides make these adventures truly unique. Not only do they put our bodies in motion, oxygenate us and put us in touch with sunshine, rain, wind, snow and more, they also help us bring our attention to the present moment and share unforgettable experiences with both loved ones and strangers. Below, we share 5 reasons why outdoor adventures enrich our lives.
Outdoor adventures provide a wide range of physical and mental benefits. For starters, they promote aerobic capacity, cardiovascular health, and muscular strength, just like the gym right? well…yes, but, with more oxygenation, stunning landscapes to feast on and natural light (both which actually enhance eyesight!), and more. Exposure to sunlight is paramount for vitamin D absorption which is directly related to bone health and fights off diseases that range from osteoporosis to cancer. Additionally, outdoor physical activity boosts endorphins and helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing self-esteem, self-confidence, and creativity as well as sharper thinking.
Whether it’s hiking, rock climbing, canyoning, skiing or snowshoeing, to name a few, you can find the perfect outdoor adventure activity to feel stronger, more vital and energized. Most of these activities will also work your coordination skills and concentration. Keep in mind as well, that there is no age restriction to begin, all you need is the right program for your fitness level. In fact, even children as young as two years old can start rock climbing in the form of play, and in doing so begin developing motor skills and physical strength.
Outdoor activities expose us to new terrains and challenge us to go out of our comfort zone. This leads us to put our adaptation skills into action and also boosts our sense of adventure. Furthermore, these kinds of experiences give us confidence that we can tackle challenges, and take us out of our predictable routines. Whether it’s exploring beautiful new landscapes, trying a new outdoor sport, or taking your skills to the next level, a spirit of adventure will undoubtedly lead you to grow in many aspects and add some spice to your life.
Outdoor activities are a great way to bond with loved ones. You can enjoy a fun and thrilling activity with your friends and family and spend some real face to face time together. Many programs limit your tech-time and this is an added benefit as it helps you to truly disconnect from everyday demands and be in the present. Furthermore, by doing something out of the ordinary with your friends and family you create long-lasting memories that strengthen your bond. You will have fun planning the adventure from the get-go, and if you decide on a multi-day experience you will also enjoy setting up camp and sharing unforgettable memories under the stars.
Joining a group outdoor activity will expose you to a new challenge, perhaps to new terrain, but also to new people from different backgrounds. In a world where people often feel isolated and disconnected from their peers, participating in an integrating experience helps recover a sense of community and make new friends. Furthermore, many outdoor adventures require collective cooperation and helping each other out. Problem-solving and collaboration are key on long and more-demanding programs and may include cheering each other on during a long hike or sharing even something as seemingly insignificant as a band-aid, as well as life stories and maybe even a campfire song. Additionally, depending on the trip you decide to make, you will also discover new cultures and ways of life which will broaden your perspective.
Last, but definitely not least, going on outdoor adventures is a great way to reconnect with mother nature. Generous in her beauty and resources, discovering her stunning landscapes will teach you to respect nature and bring environmental awareness, as well as a new understanding of the reciprocal relationship between people and the environment, and the need for this relationship to be sustainable. You will also be able to observe natural phenomena and learn about geology, geography, biology and more!
Participating in outdoor activities is definitely something we should all do more off. At Explore-Share, we believe that it is a key aspect for overall well being that helps us reconnect to ourselves and our environment on all levels. Start planning your adventure now and bring back the spring in your step as you step out to discover the world from a whole new perspective!
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