The Benefits Of Outdoor Family Activities

Monday, February 13, 2017 Surfing and Kitesurfing by Jorrin Massingham

There are few activities that bond a family more than those which involve the great outdoors. Try freeing the family from day to day constraints of everyday life. Enjoy an adventurous weekend away with the family is a fantastic way to spend time together in an active environment.

Relax and unwind

Despite offering physical exercise, adventure activity weekends are the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Focusing your mind on problem solving and physical exertion allows you to let the stress of ‘normal’ life drift away.

Adventure weekends are proving to be more popular than ever in today’s hectic scheduled world. By mixing the benefits of physical exercise through activity, sharing new experiences with family and stretching your boundaries in adventure, all wrapped up in a short relaxing break is a sure way to re-energise.

The UK has a thriving adventure scene with a wide variety of locations and activity options tailored to suit the needs of a modern family. From sea kayaking and canoeing adventures in the Lake District to coasteering and surfing in Cornwall, the UK is brimming with options.

Living life on the edge

Someone said: “If you’re not living life on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.” Adventure activities are the vehicle that allows you to push yourself out of your everyday comfort zone safely.

Activities which challenge us either mentally or physically are the ones we benefit from the most. Look back to the times you thought to yourself “I can’t believe I did that!”. Those are still the stories each of us revisits the most.

For our lives to be filled with excitement and wonder, living life on the edge through adventure activities provides us with lasting memories and stories that only get better with time.

Be in nature

There has been a shift in recent years towards reconnecting with nature. Connecting with nature through adventure activities allows you and your family to feel empowered. It also gives you the important freedom to learn and appreciate the outdoor environment. A study performed by Jon Barrett shows families who spend time in the outdoors see a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

This kind of activity is particularly helpful at calming tensions, problem-solving and providing a unique way to work together. Recent studies conducted by Sport England highlight that 92% of people who take part in outdoor activities do so to de-stress and unwind.

Build confidence

If you have children or other family members who lack confidence, adventure activity sessions can be a fantastic way to bring them out of their shell and show them how to push their own limits. Outdoor family activities is a unique combination of teamwork and problem-solving. Embarking on an adventure is a sure-fire way to build confidence. As well as foster an attitude of wonder at the power of nature. Sparking curiosity about the natural world builds on lifelong skills while improving self-esteem.