More often than not, people think that having a rest is all about going home after work, taking a bath, and sleeping on the couch. This is not true in terms of physical wellbeing. It’s paramount to consider having sessions each week for outdoor activities because it carries many benefits with it.
But before we proceed, let’s understand what an outdoor activity is. They are those activities that people engage themselves in out of home for recreation purposes, fun, and many other intentions. Such activities include camping, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, horse riding, among others. These activities are better done in groups to make the experience more fun and look forward to another one.
There are dozens of reasons as to why outdoor activities are of benefit to human beings and among them include;
1. Improved body health
Outdoor activities push someone to do some physical exercises. These relax worn-out muscles and the cardiovascular system. Besides, when the body is active, the immune system functions more effectively than the body of an inactive person.
In the real sense, it is a doctor’s recommendation to carry out some exercises to keep the body active and improve one’s health.
2. Challenges one to develop new hobbies
Think of a chance that a group had to go out hiking for three days. If they decide to build a temporal structure to shelter themselves, there must be tools to be used while joining the temporary shelter.
Who knows, a hobby can turn out to be an income-generating activity such as knowing how to join pieces of wood.
3. Enhanced connection
People hardly get to know each other in an office set up. This is because everyone is involved in their daily duties to the extent that they have no time for social interaction. If they decide to go out for outdoor activity, teams will learn from each person’s strength and at the end of the day, the office relationship is improved.
This applies in the same manner for family setups, whereby the parents may not get enough time with their children while at home. But the meant they go out together; the bond is enhanced by doing fun activities together. At the same time, the parents are able to know the strength of their children and help to nature them as they grow.
4. Disconnect from the daily activities
When we think about current day affairs, it all has to do with technology. Right from our phones, digital televisions, laptops in the office, has nothing more than a world of technology. The mind eventually becomes exhausted, and if care is not taken, stress builds with no time.
It’s essential to go for some outdoor activities to switch off from technology and have a quiet time for the mind and physical exercise for the body.
5. Improved economy
Have you ever thought of how much unproductive an inactive person can be to an organization? This is all because the body is not able to burn out calories to make it more active. However, when active, one can move the productivity to a higher level, think faster, and the daily output is improved.
This extends to an improved economy, and there is increased employment opportunities. It’s because of maintaining a physically fit day on the weekend. This is through the outdoor activities while looking forward to a productive week ahead.
6. Learn new rules for maintaining a healthy environment
When we think of a carpenter, who uses tools such as the jigsaw, sawhorses, air compressors, they teach great lessons on keeping an environment clean. This will translate to the same once you set up your own workshop. This will not pose a threat to the neighborhood. They will also love to assign you projects since they have confidence in you that you will not mess up with the environment.
In conclusion, consider having some outdoor activities at least twice a month and refresh yourself from the daily hassles.
Salman Zafar is an ecopreneur, consultant, advisor, speaker and journalist with expertise in waste management, waste-to-energy, renewable energy, environment protection, conservation and sustainable development. His geographical areas of focus include Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. Salman is the Founder of EcoMENA, a popular voluntary organization based in Qatar. He is also the Founder and CEO of BioEnergy Consult, a reputed consulting firm active in biomass, waste-to-energy and waste management segments.
Salman is a professional environmental writer with more than 350 popular articles to his credit. He is proactively engaged in creating mass environmental awareness in different parts of the world.
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