The Benefits of Outdoor Sports

Much More Than Just About Being in Shape

If you were to talk to any medical doctor, they would likely tell you that people spend too much time inside these days. They would rather avoid the heat and humidity on a hot summer day by staying in as opposed to getting out in the sunshine. The air conditioners within our homes tend to spoil many of us from the desire to venture out from our front door. On the occasion that we do leave our homes, it is likely that we drive to our destination in our properly air conditioned vehicle just to go into another well ventilated and air conditioned building. We as a people like to be comfortable, but the benefits of getting outside far outweigh any uncomfortable attributes that may befall us.

Physical

One of the largest benefits to enjoying outdoor sports is the impact that it can have on our bodies. We were not made to sit in front of a television or at a desk all day long without any exertion on our bodies whatsoever. The lack of exercise in the world today and the lack of people engaging in outdoor activities have left us with a high level of obesity and mounting physical health issues that seem to have absolutely no end. Many people see their doctor more than they see their own family simply because they refuse to get out and do something outside of the home.

The physical effects of engaging in outdoor activities is not merely limited to the ability to lose weight more effectively. Physically fit people are a lot healthier than those that do nothing. It is the physical exertion on the body that enables the joints, muscles, and even our organs to function properly. This enables our body to naturally fight off many of the ailments that plague our society and can even ward off a lot of the major diseases that keep people going to the doctor on a continual basis. It is true that you may have some ailment from time to time that needs a doctor’s care, but you will be able to see your family far more than your doctor when outdoor activities become a part of your lifestyle.

Emotional

We see it all the time where people are turning to medications to deal with the emotional stresses of everyday life. There are cases where medication is necessary due to a chemical imbalance or a hereditary issue, but for the most part a simple outdoor activity can improve your overall mood and emotional state. The air within our homes can become quite stale and being in a constant stale atmosphere is not good for the emotional state of anyone. The mere act of walking outside when you feel stressed has an amazing way of bringing everything back into its proper perspective.

When you are indoors at all times you are not able to see or smell the flowers that are outside on a summer day or enjoy the simple nature of animals at play. There are far more emotionally stimulating things that happen outside if we just get out of the house. Kayaking and hiking enable you to see more of what the world has for you. A simple trip down the river will offer the occasional rapid for a little adventure, but the river also has its slow areas that allow you to have a front row seat to a different view of nature. The world looks different and even serene when slowly drifting down a calm river.

Social

Anyone can sit and watch a television show at home alone, but even with that activity it becomes more enjoyable when there is someone to share those laughs with. Many outdoor activities encourage people to be brought together. When you take on an activity such as hiking, you want to have someone with you during the journey just in case you get hurt. The safety issue is always of major concern, but it is also about having someone around to enjoy the experience together.

Even if you have difficulty meeting people or are known as a loner, you likely can find a group to hike with. It is now the trend in a lot of large cities to get people of different backgrounds together and have an outdoor activity together. With such a large group you will find that meeting people becomes a lot easier than finding friends to chat with on social media. The friendships that can be formed from these endeavors are lasting and meaningful and will put you in contact with people that you may not have ever thought of introducing yourself to. The benefits of outdoor activities impact your entire life, so it is time to put down the remote and get back to nature. It is waiting for you.

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