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Activities

What are outdoor activities?

Outdoor activities are basically recreational pursuits that take place in an exterior setting. The setting can either be natural, like the locale of you home, or semi-natural environment.

Outdoor activities present physical encounters that must be overcome. To add an element of excitement and risk to the challenges, these outdoor pursuits may take the form of a competitive race or challenge.

Some popular outdoor activities are camping, trekking, cycling, and kayaking. But there are many more that are similarly physically, mentally and emotionally engaging.

Why are outdoor activities important?

There are many unique health benefits to be gained from participating in outdoor pursuits. Beyond the physical gains, outdoor activities promote mental stimulation, emotional control, social skills and even spiritual enlightenment. Depending on what you hope to achieve, picking an activity to help you reach that goal is becoming easier by the day.

Physical

There’s no better way to enhance motor skills and boost stamina and endurance than outdoor pursuits. Not only are you expending energy on the task, you’re often doing so in difficult terrains and tough conditions. Keeping active contributes to body health and longevity, both inside and out.

Mental

Outdoor activities encourage everything from self-sufficiency and problem-solving, to improving communication skills and fuelling creativity. Outdoor pursuits require cunning as much as they do physicality. The ability to understand, plan and achieve the completion of these adventures is a developmental bonus.

Emotional

Sometimes it’s emotionally fulfilling to break away from normality into a distant adventure. When your mind is off your day-to-day troubles, your emotions are renewed. Often, outdoor activities are pursued with the purpose of regaining emotional stability. The positivity and happiness born of conquering a vast climb, or navigating choppy waters in a raft is something you take away with you.

Social

Solo outdoor activities aren’t for everyone. Group outings or team pursuits require social interaction to build teams that can help to achieve the aims of the challenges. With teamwork, good interpersonal skills and etiquette, you can learn how to create lasting relationships. Moreover, these relationships will lessen the workload and lessen the potential of injury.

What to wear for outdoor activities?

Wicking is very important when choosing clothing that’s suitable for outdoor activities. When we are active, we expend energy and perspire, so we need a way to draw the moisture from our body. Modern outdoor clothing boast technology that does this, allowing us to regulate our temperature more efficiently throughout the task.

Base layers are no different. They keep the body at optimum temperature avoiding overheating or coldness.

In colder climates, midlayers come in hand – particularly those that use wool and venting. Zip-neck fleeces give the wearer greater control over how much air enters and leaves. If it’s still too cold, wear an additional midlayer top and lightweight outlayer that protects from inclement weather. This is typically a breathable waterproof coat capable of repelling wind and rain.

Warmer weather, on the other hand, means less clothing. If it’s hot, you can keep it to just a short-sleeved top or vest. This will keep you dry from sweat during the activity. Keep a ultralight, packable softshell for any dip in the temperature.

Where to find outdoor activities

Outdoor activities are easily accessible. You could just get up and go out cross country running or mountain biking. But doing this can be disorganised and unsafe. Instead, look into the range of companies offering outdoor pursuits with extras. Organisations such as Adventure Britain, Ultimate Activity Company and Black Mountain Activities offer unique outdoor experiences. Choose an adventure that provides expert instruction and assistance.

Before choosing activities, consider the requirements of the attendees. There’s no point booking water sports if members of your group are unable to swim. Also think about duration, location, the number of attendees and price. These factors will help you to narrow down the selection process to reach an ideal conclusion.

Do you have any health and safety tips for outdoor activities?

Don’t overexert yourself

If you, or anyone in attendance, doesn’t lead a dynamic lifestyle, then any outdoor pursuits must be planned accordingly. Pick activities that suit those who’ve come along for the ride. Athletic groups or families may be more capable of coping with the physicality aspects for longer periods. Still, implement brief breaks throughout the day to allow for rest and nourishment. Overexertion can lead to injury, so avoid it as best as possible.

Hydrate often

Top up the fluids in your body during your outdoor activities. In hotter weather, do so more often. But even in milder temperatures, you will still be perspiring. Furthermore, you’ll need to take more onboard if you’re doing a high level of activity. Bring plenty of water, and energy supplements if you feel it’s necessary.

Bring first aid

Whenever you’re doing outdoor activities, first aid is a necessary piece of equipment. Bringing a kit alone is valuable, but it also helps to know how to administer first aid too. Make sure that the kit is stocked and includes any medical provisions.

Maintain your equipment

Before going on your excursion, check that all your equipment is in working condition – even newly-bought products. If some equipment is damaged, repair the damage or replace the item. Make this a habit as damaged gear becomes ineffective and could let you down at an inopportune time.

What outdoor activities do we specialise in?

Walking

One of the simplest and most inclusive outdoor activities to take part in. Walking forms a part of most of our lives. That’s where walking differs from hiking. Walking is a more natural activity that offers more convenience to the partaker. You can go where you want to, for any duration whenever you’d like. We sell an amazing range of specialist walking accessories from the top brands to aid you on your way.

Water Sports

If you generally feel a bit more at home on water, we provide high-quality equipment suitable for several water sports. Whether you’re about to take up in-water or underwater outdoor activities, our water sports catalogue has you covered.

Cycling

A great test of endurance or just a convenient form of transport, cycling is still amongst the most popular outdoor pursuits. With all the right kit, you can get from A to B in no time flat. Get you cycling essentials here at the most affordable prices on the market.

Bushcraft

You’ve probably heard the term used occasionally and wondered what it meant. Essentially, bushcraft is the apex in outdoor survival. Bushcraft is a combination of several outdoor activities developed to make participants more proficient in outdoor environments. Those who are adept at bushcraft can cook on an open fire, identify trees, plants and insects, as well as discover natural crafts. If this sounds interesting and you fancy becoming self-sufficient yourself, get you bushcraft equipment today and start the journey.  

Where can I find out more about outdoor activities?

For more information about our range, visit our blog or guide site for in-depth guides, showcases and reviews.

Alternatively, contact us via phone or email and we will be happy to help you with any issue you may have. Our number is 02037500650, or email customerservices@trackpack.co.uk.