Are you getting bored and tired of always working from home and in the office? Have you ever thought of stepping out and trying some adventurous activities that you have not tried or done in a long time? If your answer is yes, then you should check out this article! We have compiled 4 amazing outdoor activities that you and your friends or family can enjoy on your weekends or holidays.
Hiking is one of the best outdoor activities that everyone enjoys doing. People often go hiking when they have a lot on their mind and would want to refresh and reconnect themselves with nature. However, it takes a lot of strength and courage for one to go hiking as it is a powerful cardio workout.
Hiking is good for your body and mind. There are many benefits you can receive if you hike, and the most obvious benefit you can receive when hiking is increasing your strength and building muscles in your legs and hips. Hiking helps you to develop strength in your hamstrings and even helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Besides, hiking can help boost your mood. Research has proven that hiking has a positive impact on fighting against the symptoms of anxiety and stress. Whenever one goes hiking, he or she will tend to feel better as they are reconnecting with nature.
Hence, if you’re looking for a nice mountain or hill to hike in the Philippines, Mount Batulao, Mount Pulag, and Mount Daraitan are surely the places you should go to.
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If you do not have the strength or courage to go for adventurous outdoor activities like hiking, don’t worry. There are plenty of options available if you wish to go for easier outdoor activities.
Fishing is one of the simplest outdoor activities that you can take part in with your friends and family. Although fishing does not require much physical strength, it requires a strong mental strength as it takes a lot of patience for one to focus.
Fishing can help you to improve your concentration and be more alert. Besides, fishing could help to improve your Vitamin D intake and keep your bones and teeth healthy. Not to mention, fishing will surely improve your patience as you will need to spend a lot of time waiting for the fishes to bite the bait.
Thus, if you’re looking for a place to fish in the Philippines, Mactan Island would be one of the best places to fish as you can catch different species of fishes like snapper, barracuda, ladyfish, etc.
3. Canoeing and Kayaking
If you enjoy visiting the islands, you will definitely enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing and kayaking. Kayaking and canoeing are low impact outdoor activities that help increase strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Similar to hiking, kayaking and canoeing help improve the heart by efficiently pumping blood to the heart and strengthening the heart muscle to avoid the risk of getting heart disease. Not only that, but kayaking and canoeing could also help in improving mental health and maintain good well-being as it makes you feel happier and more relaxed.
On a side note, you need to know how to swim if you’re interested in kayaking and canoeing. Often, you may fall off the kayak or canoe due to waves or imbalance.
Hence, if you are interested in kayaking and canoeing, the most recommended places for kayaking and canoeing activities in the Philippines are El Nido, located in Palawan, and Olango Island which is located in Cebu.
4. Rock Climbing
Relish the adrenaline rush from extreme and adventurous activities. This extreme outdoor activity is definitely meant for you! Rock climbing is an extreme sport that requires a lot of physical and mental strength. It gives you a full-body workout as well as helps you to burn your calories.
Rock climbing will not only provide you with physical benefits but it also helps in improving mental health. It is proven that rock climbing will prompt the mind to be more alert and responsive. Every step you take has to be the right choice.
So, if you are not afraid of heights, this is the best outdoor activity for you to overcome your fear. Do note that training must be done in indoor rock climbing before you challenge yourself with the actual outdoor rock climbing.
Hence, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and pack your bags and enjoy all 4 of these outdoor activities. You’ll definitely make the most of it and enjoy yourself.