Studies have shown that 20 minutes a day activity will, on average, extend your life. Activity takes all forms and you don’t need to go to the gym to do it. A better option for most people is to simply get outdoors and get some fresh air in their lungs.
Outdoor activity can take many forms and can be as exciting and interesting as you want it to be. You can also grade the activity by ability. Not everyone is capable of a 5 mile walk up a steep hill so people new to outdoor activity might want to start with a leisurely 20 or 30 minute stroll around the local park. Once this activity becomes easier then it can be upgraded to higher ability walks in the locality and extending into the countryside. If you have children, or are simply interested in points of interest as you walk through an area, then it is a good idea to sign up to a geocaching app if you have a GPS enabled mobile device. Geocaching apps can provide information about a specific place as you arrive at it or, for instance, you can undertake a treasure hunt where you navigate to a specific geocache (container) that’s hidden at that location. It’s great for making walks more interesting!
As you progress you might want to take up jogging, or running, increase the level of difficulty of the walks progressively or find other outdoor pursuits which you might not have considered previously. For example, rock climbing, mountain biking or orienteering to name but a few. The options outdoors are endless and can always be adopted based on your level of ability. Whatever you decide to do just make sure you are correctly attired and plan the activity before embarking.
As many of our fans and followers are keen outdoor goers, we’re always looking for tips, advice and photos of things you’ve done and seen that can be recommended to those just started to explore the great outdoors. Have a look at our new community site to share your experiences, and to learn from those who know how. Enjoy!