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6 Sports That Can Help You Strengthen Your Bond With Nature

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Strengthening the connection with nature has never been as important as it is today. In fact, spending time in nature has many benefits – including improving mood, relieving stress, promoting healing, and protecting our health. However, it is not always possible for everyone to find the time to work, look after the house, practice sports, and spend time in nature. However, you can easily combine the time you spend outdoors with practising sports. Here are some alternatives you could try today. 

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Kayaking and Canoeing 

Kayaking and canoeing can be extremely adventurous sports, but they can also be calming and relaxing. While helping you keep fit, these ports also give you the chance to explore your surroundings and spend time outdoors. Don’t forget that you can practise these sports with your little ones – encourage them to choose nature sports!

Hiking and Nordic Walking

Hiking and nordic walking are particularly accessible if you live in an area surrounded by nature. But you don’t necessarily need to be near a mountain to enjoy a hike or an intense walk. In fact, a hill – or even just a wooded or green area – is all you need to practise your hiking skills. Then, when you have more free time to enjoy, you can consider taking up one of the most beautiful walks in the UK or an intense hike. 

Cycling and Mountain Biking 

Cycling and mountain biking are extremely beneficial sports. They can help you build muscles, increase your lungs capacity, and enhance your endurance. However, choosing to practise these sports in a greener area can help you avoid the pollution and traffic of the city centre. While you might be able to cover fewer miles than you are used to, biking up and down a mountain can be much more exciting! 

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Surfing 

Surfing is considered to be one of the best nature sports out there. When surfing, you will need to understand and respect nature. And, of course, this sport can be extremely beneficial to the body and mind. In fact, it requires you to become an agile swimmer, build muscle, and endure prolonged cardio exercise. While adventurous, this discipline can also be relaxing and exciting. If you are looking to give back to nature, many in the surfing community organise beach cleaning initiatives – while not a sport, this activity can certainly offer some benefits! 

Fishing

If you are looking for a more relaxing sport that allows you to enjoy the calm and silence of nature, you could try fishing. Depending on where you are located and what bodies of water you have accessible to you, your fishing experience will be different. If you are moving to a new area, make sure you learn what the fishing experience is like in that area. And, of course, you will need specific tools. For example, you can buy the best carp bait online, but don’t forget to check a local dealer for the best reels and hooks. 

Orienteering

Orienteering is an alternative activity that can yield many benefits. While it allows you to refine your sense of direction, it also encourages you to spend time outdoors and explore new areas. Make sure to join a club to continue learning and level up your skills. 

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