Stress at work and in our personal lives can be very overwhelming and many of us resort to physical or outdoor activities to keep ourselves intact. Some men go to the gym, some seek refuge in yoga, while some like to indulge in outdoor recreation during weekends or vacation. Some take up adventure sports to satisfy the outdoor enthusiast in them.
Incorporating some form of outdoor activity in the lifestyle helps improve concentration at work and acts as a stress buster. Here are some activities that outdoor enthusiasts may like:
Biking or cycling is used as a mode of recreation by many adrenaline junkies. Some prefer to cycle on the road and paths to observe nature, and be in calmness and peace, while some like to get off-road into the trails to get an adrenaline rush. Some have incorporated cycling in their lifestyle and use it as a mode of transport.
If you are travelling, you can always find cycle tours in the city and if not, you can rent a bicycle and go cycling yourself. You can join cycling groups in your city so as to be motivated to go cycling during weekends.
Hiking is a long and vigorous walk usually on trails in a natural environment and mountains. Many men are very passionate about hiking and plan short hikes during weekends. They also like to maintain hiking and tactical gear with them for such hikes.
If you are a beginner, you may want to start with day hikes where you return to the starting point by the end of the day. You can gradually move to multi-day hike which is also easy and helps you know your ability and aptitude for hiking. You can also club it with camping in the wilderness at night. It is advisable to join an adventure club or go with an experienced hiker or travel company and not venture alone if you are new to this sport. Some knowledge of map-reading and first-aid comes handy in hiking.
Running is often a part of the morning schedule for many. Running has a lot of benefits for the body and boosts the stamina. People living in peaceful areas and areas with well-maintained jogging tracks, run every morning to keep themselves fit. Some outdoor enthusiasts like to go running in forests and beautiful trails whenever they get time. They are always on a lookout for such trails and identify them through and scouting and research.
There are many types of running and some people like to run for long distances which is called ultra running or marathon running.
Surfing is a surface water sport in which the surfer rides on the forward or face of a moving wave, which usually carries the surfer towards the shore. The rider rides the waves on a surfboard. Waves suitable for surfing are generally found in theocean.
Many men who live near the ocean go surfing for recreation. For beginners, starting out with a lesson is recommended. There are several types of boards used for surfing, and it is advisable to choose a suitable board after doing your research.
Fishing is the act of catching fish which is generally done in the wild. There are many techniques of catching fish like netting, trapping, hand gathering or spearing. Fish are generally caught to be eaten. Many people like to go fishing with their families on a holiday and later cook them for a meal. Some boat owners indulge in fishing, if and when they find a suitable spot.
Outdoor recreation has tremendous benefits for the mind and body. Connecting with nature reduces stress and psychological disorders, and improves cognitive abilities. Nature can heal your soul, and the fresh air helps in clearing the mind. Going outdoors also helps in getting some sunlight which has become tough in our sedentary lifestyle. So, next time you plan a vacation, make sure you include these activities in your itinerary.