Are you looking for an adventure? Eager to share it with a partner, other family members, or friends? Have you ever considered rafting? It’s a thrill-seeking activity that also is great for your health and one that you can share with many people. You’re sure to make memories on your rafting trips that you’ll remember forever. Not only does it get you outside and really enjoying the beauty that nature has to offer, you’ll also be experiencing an adrenaline rush, especially if you opt for white water rafting trips. Join the almost 80% of Americans who view outdoor recreation as a vital part of their lives and really work to make it a part of their everyday life.
What Are The Benefits of Outdoor Recreation?
- Social Interaction
Most outdoor recreation involves some type of fitness component. For example, it’s hard to go for a hike, go rafting, kayaking or canoeing, or go rock climbing without being physically active. Outdoor recreation can reduce obesity and lower people’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer. It can even make your life longer and improve your immune system — simply by being more active. It can also help mental health — outdoor recreation can often help with depression and self-confidence issues. And with our country trending towards obesity and with so many questions being asked about mental health, it’s important for people to really value being active and outdoors.
Outdoor recreation can be a great reason for families or partners to put technology down and really spend pure time with each other, without the distractions of the modern world. In many cases, cell phone service or Internet isn’t even available where they are, so they can focus on each other and the environment. Apart from really enjoying outdoor recreation, those who help curate it can help foster a sense of community and volunteerism. It makes people more aware of their surroundings and emphasizes the need to preserve the natural beauty all around them. Getting young people involved can also be a great way to foster connection between older and younger generations and instill the values of giving back and being involved in something positive in the younger generation.
Rafting lets you be on the water and enjoy a real life water park, in some senses. River raft trips usually have rafts that can support between four to eight rafters. Almost 30% of all Americans have gone (or want to go) white water rafting at some point in their lives. It’s great exercise — a person around 155 pound can burn over 350 calories doing this sport, while a person around 180 pounds can burn over 400!
You’ll also get a great adrenaline rush as you raft, but unwind later over a great grilled lunch or bask in the sunshine in the calm waters. It’s also an activity meant to be shared with others, which makes it a fun experience for everyone involved!
Try something new and exciting — go on a rafting trip in the next few months! You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it and it’s something you can enjoy again and again.