If you’re a big fan of the outdoors but find it tough to find any time to explore your love of fresh air, trees, walking and open spaces, you might want to think about taking up a new hobby. It’s time to put down the console controller, put on your sturdy hiking boots and get outside. Being closer to nature does wonders for our physical and mental well-being. We can soak up the Vitamin D enriched rays of the sun, wallow in the blissful endorphin release that any form of exercise stimulates and enjoy the slower pace that time outside promotes.
There are a number of ways that you could find yourself up close and personal with nature. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you could enjoy the patchwork quilt vista taking a bird’s eye view of the Earth from a skydive. If something a little more sedate takes your fancy, you could simply join a walking group to meet like minded people and enjoy the flora, fauna, and wildlife around you. Take a look at these five hobbies that could help you get closer to nature.
If you’ve ever fancied heading out onto a lake to enjoy the peace and tranquility of floating along the water with nothing more than a sail and the wind to help you navigate, then joining a sailing club might just be for you. Clubs up and down the country welcome newbies and relish imparting all of their sailing knowledge onto enthusiastic folk that want to have a go at skippering their own tiny vessel. You could even take qualifications that see you able to take full control of your own boat and could see you registering for yacht races. Or you may simply be content with relaxing in your boat, reading a book, feeling the sun on your back and watching the world go by.
Although this may sound like a hobby for the more mature amongst us, securing an allotment space could be the most fruitful decision you ever make. Gone are the days of old men retreating to their allotment sheds to do goodness knows what. In the twenty first century, people from all walks of life who want to grow like grandad are taking up the challenge of becoming semi self-sufficient. Growing your own spuds and then making a classic cottage pie with them is incredibly satisfying as is growing the largest pumpkin you possibly can and entering it into a competition. Getting your hands dirty and growing your own produce sees you as close to nature as you can possibly get and is a thoroughly rewarding experience.
For those who want a more thrilling interaction with nature, why not try rock climbing? Scaling the side of a cliff or rock face, complete with safety attire, could see you challenge yourself mentally and physically in ways that you never thought possible. With a qualified instructor, you could learn the ropes (no pun intended) and enjoy the excitement of the climb followed by the satisfaction of reaching the top. Learning a new skill as well as seeing beautiful scenery from a very unique viewpoint could be the perfect way to experience the great outdoors.
If you love heading to the gym and doing your cardio workouts three times a week, why not swap the treadmill for the great outdoors. You could find yourself exploring the environment around you, jogging where the wind takes you and enjoying the sights along the way. If you are fortunate enough to be surrounded by lush countryside, why not make your workout a little harder and venture up and down the hills. The fresh air will reinvigorate you as you get closer to nature.
If you think of yourself as a bit of a David Attenborough naturist or a David Bailey photographer, why not combine those skills to go wildlife spotting. This doesn’t mean sitting all day in a bird watching hut, but you could be venturing outdoors at the break of dawn, setting up camp and watching the morning wildlife scene unfold. You could find yourself watching fox cubs frolic as the sun rises, hares racing across fields or owls retreating to their nests after a night time of activity. Experiencing nature first hand like this is a privilege and not something most people ever get to witness.
If you find yourself hankering after more outdoor experiences, try one of these hobbies that will help you get closer to nature.