5 Amazing Outdoor Activities That Can Improve Your Health

There’s a difference between spending time outdoors for work/grocery/adult responsibilities and spending time outside just for the sake of it. That said, how many of us are actually doing something purely for our health? Spending time outdoors to just be can lead to developing better health, and I promise you’ll enjoy it (which is all part of wellbeing too!). Here is a list of all the things you can do in your own locale or even while on holiday!

Go for a hike

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If you have a nice hiking trail around where you live, it’s likely that it is quite safe. Not much planning is required for a hike either. Just gear up as you would for a walk in the park, pack some water and a little snack to munch on, and you’re all set!

Hiking is especially beneficial for your lungs, as trails are normally surrounded by a lot of greenery, allowing you to get fresh air. This is great for your respiratory system and will even help prevent blood from clotting. It’s also great for your brain because it helps prevent tumors.

As a bonus, heading out for a hike will likely mean a few photo ops. Who knows? Snapping your trail just might inspire other people to start hiking too. Being outdoorsy will undoubtedly pay off in due time.

Ride on a ferry

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When I think of a ferry ride, the first word that crosses my mind is “romantic”. Although normally viewed as an experience for two, it’s okay to go solo, and I suggest giving it a try alone. While you’re at it, just put every problem on pause, step out of the situation, and watch where you’re headed with your life. Basically, use the time to reflect.

Much like yoga, this activity can trigger the release of happy hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. I’ve found from experience that taking the time to reflect and introspect gives you a lot of clarity; it’s like everything suddenly makes sense. Your physical health depends on your mental and emotional health a great deal, so try to focus on them too while chasing goals and objectives.

Take your yoga mat outside

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While doing classes in a studio is great, keep in mind that yoga is a natural exercise. People have been practicing it since ancient times, and it’s not something that necessarily belongs in a studio. Next time, roll up your yoga mat and hit the beach to practice and meditate. Reflect on the process in its most natural form and you should be able to spot the difference.

Yoga increases the levels of serotonin in your body, so you’re bound to feel good. The long-term practice of yoga can also change the chemical makeup of your mind, neurologically turning you into a happier individual.

Swim away

When you’re done with your meditation, have fun and take a dive into water. If there’s no beach around, swim in a lake instead. Any natural body of water is great for exercise. If you don’t have a choice, however, join a club and do a couple laps regularly for your physical and mental health. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy chilling by the pool post-swim?

Regular swimming has the capability of increasing an individual’s capability to memorise and is a natural remedy against the diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Swimming’s also considered a low impact workout that still keeps your cardiovascular activity in check, making it a good option for those with injuries or are pregnant.

Run like the wind

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If you aren’t up for a hike or if you don’t plan on going too far, go running or jogging around your neighbourhood. Running at least four times a week will keep you active and in great shape. Of course, running does a whole lot of other good things for you internally, like acting as a natural immunity booster, and upping your stamina.

The great thing about running is that all you need are your trainers and comfy clothes. No matter where in the world you are, you can always go for a run — even while on holiday.

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Carolina is a mother of two kids. She loves writing about the physical and mental behaviour of children and adults. Her passion for writing reflects every aspect of life including social issues and healthy lifestyle. She ritually writes at shadedco.com

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