When you think about sports and what you could play or take part in, orienteering isn’t an obvious one which comes up. But why? It not only offers many benefits, but it’s also enjoyable! Walking and running through forests and fields armed with a compass and a map relies on you using your navigational skills to get from point to point in diverse and unfamiliar locations, and usually moving at speed. Here are the top ten health benefits of Orienteering:
The Balance Between Physical And Mental
As health isn’t just about the physical aspects but the mental too, this sport is perfect as the ultimate aim for you as an orienteer is to find the balance between physical and mental exertion. What you will want to know is how fast you can go and still be able to interpret the terrain around yourself and execute your chosen route successfully.
You will learn to be self-reliant as most orienteering is individual, and even if you are in a team, teammates usually practice individually to improve and be better than their teammates.
While there are the obvious practice and development of your skills in navigating while you are problem-solving, orienteering involves a lot of decision making. Should you go left or right? Should you climb that hill or go the long way around it? These decisions regularly arise, and they require you taking time to think instead of making quick reactions or using your instinct; that is why orienteering is called the thinking sport.
Thinking And Acting Under Pressure
As well as making having to make decisions continually, there are also conditions under which you have to make them to consider. There is the competitive stress and increasing fatigue, which helps you to become mentally more robust in other stressful situations throughout your day to day life.
Increased Fitness Levels
Orienteering terrain is often very hilly and rugged. This provides the perfect environment for athletes and nonathletes alike to develop healthy hearts, legs, and lungs.
You are required to walk, jog and hike, and all three of these activities increase aerobic capacity and cardiovascular strength.
Being At One With Nature
There is nothing more calming and centring than being in the surroundings of nature. There are numerous health benefits of relaxing in nature– but exercising outdoors is also good for vitamin D levels in the body and getting fresh air!
It takes courage, endurance, and mental fortitude to forge ahead by yourself through unknown areas, particularly in unfamiliar terrain and forests. Every time you get lost and find your way again, your self-worth and self-esteem grows.
This sport teaches self-reliance and terrain discovery to the point where it could actually save lives. As an orienteer, you will acquire the skills and techniques to relocate yourself and to continue to your destination, no matter what.
So, if you’re looking for a new hobby or sport, good for the mind, body and soul, this may be the one for you. You can even get a Custom Designed Orienteering Kit to get your started!