Outdoor sports and outdoor recreation are two different things. While some areas overlap, such as canoeing and skiing, outdoor recreational activities are not normally competitive and are done within a mainly natural setting. Typical activities of this nature include kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking, cycling, rock climbing and many more.
Outdoor recreation leans more towards appreciating nature and overall well-being, and can be considered a hobby. In this day and age, with stress levels and pollution on the rise, it is more important than ever that we take time to slow down and smell the roses. Here are a few easy and low cost activities that you can do with family and friends:
Nature walking / Hiking: All you need are a pair of sturdy legs, a good walking shoe and plenty of water. Once you have these, you’re good to go. With so many parks and nature trails around, you’re sure to find a nice spot nearby to start.
Fishing: Unless you’re fishing for game such as marlin or swordfish on a yacht, you don’t need a fancy fishing pole. Think along the lines of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, with homemade wooden fishing poles – the whole point is to relax and take in your natural surroundings. Take advantage of the fact that we’re on an island with several fishing points.
Cycling: If walking is not your thing, then you might want to consider cycling. For the more daring at heart, you could go mountain or cross-terrain cycling. But if you’re looking to unwind and relax, then pack a picnic basket, cycle to an idyll location and just soak up the fresh air with your loved ones.
Sometimes, at the end of a busy week, we may feel too tired to do anything else besides moping about at home, channel or web surfing and eating delivery or microwave food. But you’d be surprised at how being out and about in nature may actually leave you feeling more recharged and ready to face a new week than being at home. Try it out for yourself this weekend.