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What are outdoor activities?

Outdoor activities refer to recreational pursuits that often take place in natural or semi-natural settings. Outdoor activities include but are not limited to fitness, cycling, water sports, camping, festivals, walking and many more. Outdoor activities can be beneficial physically, mentally and emotionally.

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.

 What should you wear for outdoor activities

When we are active we use up energy and sweat. So, we need a way to draw the moisture from our body. So, when taking parting in outdoor activities, it is imperative to have clothing that does this in your outdoor gear. Brands like TriDri make clothing that maintains the wearer's body heat.

What to wear when doing outdoor activities in the cold?

In colder climates, mid-layers 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 mid-layer top and lightweight out layer that protects from inclement weather. This is typically a breathable waterproof coat capable of repelling wind and rain.

What to wear when doing outdoor activities in warm weather?

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 an ultralight, packable softshell for any dip in the temperature.

Where can you do 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 disorganized and unsafe. Instead, look into the range of companies offering outdoor pursuits with extras.

Organizations 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.

In addition to this, packing accordingly to your activities plans should be carefully done and if going on longer trips, in case of hiking or rock climbing, your tent and sleeping bag should be picked out well enough to complete and enhance your experience.

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

Don’t overexert yourself

If you, or anyone in attendance, don’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 on-board 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. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so get your first aid kit from Outdoor Camping Direct today.

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.

The different types of outdoor activities and their benefits

Walking

Walking is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to stay healthy. Walking is something we nearly all do everyday and we can easily take up a notch to get the most health benefits out of it. The benefits of walking briskly are that it helps you build stamina, burn excess calories and makes your heart healthier.

To stay safe while walking make sure to avoid uneven pavements and potholes. Another safety tip for walking is wearing bright colours at night or reflective tape so drivers can see you. 

Cycling

Cycling, sometimes called biking or bicycling, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as "cyclists", "bikers", or less commonly, as "bicyclists".

Cycling is easy can help to protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Cycling is also a low-impact sport for all ages.

Camping

Camping is an outdoor activity that involves overnight stays away from home in a shelter usually a tent. There are different types of camping but the general benefits are better sleep, improved socialisation, restoring your body clock and exposure to vitamin D.

Festivals

A music festival can be defined as an organised event that typically last several days that feature musical performances. Festivals are a keystone of the British summer with festivals such as Glastonbury and Leeds Festival.

The most obvious thing to be gained from going to a music festival is witnessing and basking in great music but there are other benefits. Going to festival can improve your socialisation, mood and gives you exposure to vitamin D.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Kayaking and canoeing are water sports that both involve paddling a small craft through water. The health benefits of kayaking and canoeing include improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle, torso and leg strength. Kayaking and canoeing also help to reduce the risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity.

Expeditions

An expedition can be defined as a journey undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose usually that of exploration or research. Expeditions are a truly enriching experience and the benefits of undertaking an expedition include; gaining a greater appreciation of nature, confidence boost and expanding your cultural horizons.

What outdoor activities equipment do you need?

Walking

Walking is an activity that we nearly all participate in and there are specialist walking items we can purchase to make walking easier. Gaiters are great for avid walkers. A gaiter is a protective sleeve which covers the upper boot and (generally) the ankle and lower leg. Gaiters are useful for walkers as they help to keep their feet dry, protect footwear and prevent trousers from getting covered in mud. Gaiters are a must-have if you go walked in areas with streams or even large swathes of long wet grass. The Yellowstone Walking Gaiters With Adjustable Webbing is great for walking and especially those who want to embark on hikes.

Cycling

The most important piece of equipment for a cyclist is the bike they’ll be cycling on. At Outdoor Camping Direct we have Mountain Bikes, Electric Bikes, Classic Bikes, Folding Bikes, BMX Bikes, Junior Bikes and Hybrid Bikes. Apart from the bike, cyclists can use lights for safety and mounts to help them secure gadgets.

Camping

The outdoor gear that campers need can be as exhaustive as you want it to be. It’s safe to say that the basics for campers are tents, rucksacks and bags and sleeping bags. Outdoor Camping Direct has thousands of camping equipment ready to buy to suit your camping needs. You will also need to be dressed for camping, and here at Outdoor Camping Direct we have a range of outdoor clothing from insulated jackets to ski wear so you're ready for your camping trip.

Festivals

Festivals like other forms of camping will need tents, sleeping bags and rucksacks but there is equipment tailored to the needs of a festival. A festival tent boasts three key attributes: lightness, brightness and easy pitching. At a festival, you’ll be on your feet a lot and might get tired so getting camping chairs are a great idea so you can rest in between intervals. You don’t want wet weather to ruin your festival fun, so waterproof jackets and waterproof bundles will ensure you stay dry. Outdoor Camping Direct also have Festival Bundles that have everything you need for your festival adventures.

Kayaking and Canoeing

For kayaking and canoeing you will, need paddles. The Sevylor KC-Compact 215 Convertible Kayak/Canoe Paddle can be used for canoeing and kayaking. Check out Outdoor Camping Direct’s selection of kayaks here. 

Expeditions

It’s important to get the right outdoor equipment to ensure your expedition goes as smoothly as possibly. Everything you could possibly want for your expedition adventures can be found HERE.

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