Benefits of adventure - SPIE
You ever noticed that feeling you get after going on an adventure in the great outdoors…. you’re not alone. Outdoor Adventure is enjoyable for men, women and children of all ages and provides a way to get outside enjoying our natural surroundings. Aside from breathing fresh air and discovering nature's many wonders, the outdoors provide experiences to keep you wanting to go back for more. Aside from experiences this also leads to a range of benefits Social, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional known as SPIE. Such benefits can be seen in today’s society through reduced obesity rates to strengthened family ties, according to Robert Manning, professor of recreation management at the University of Vermont.
Whether adventure for you is a walk in the local park, a leisurely stroll along a nature trail or a strenuous hike up a steep mountain path, these sites and mountainous area’s provide the setting for physical and mental growth.
Adventure can be a time of peace and escape to better find yourself yet it can also create the chance to socialize and not only meet others on their own path but together make memories for life. With the outdoor community growing everyday a number of reports available have shown time and time again the positive effects associated with social connection in adventure. It’s clear to see a major part of this surge of growth in the outdoor community has to be awarded to the Social media platforms who lead the way in widely embracing the benefits giving recreational groups and professional guiding companies the opportunity to promote events and outings bringing us all together.
With such a variety of challenge available through adventure there’s opportunity for everyone to increase their physical fitness, by taking to the outdoors regularly it can help to provide a number of physical health benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced arthritis pain, weight loss and lowered risk of diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Getting just 150 minutes of moderate exercise such as brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week such as hiking, helps to maintain a healthy weight and reduce risk of chronic disease, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Outdoor activities lead to an increased confidence, improved creativity and better self-esteem, according to studies. Natural settings rejuvenate and calm the mind, improve outlook and increase positive affect. In contrast, artificial environments may cause feelings of exhaustion, irritability, inattentiveness and impulsivity. Time spent in the outdoors can even help you focus. 2009 research in the “Journal of Attention Disorders” shows that 20-minute walks through natural settings lead to improved concentration.
Both physical activity and outdoor settings reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Spending time in the hills and mountains leads to an increase in positive moods and a reduction in cortisol levels, a hormone released when the body feels stress. Similarly, increased access to green space such as local parks and/ or nature trails for activities such as walking decreases stress especially for children, according to Cornell University environmental psychologist Nancy Wells.
The only adventure you will regret is the one you didn’t go on.