Looking for the next exciting plan for a weekend? Looking to down tools and head out into the great outdoors? How about a fun fitness activity amongst friends?
We recently took a deep dive into the importance of spending time in nature which exposes the varying benefits that simply being in the outdoors possesses such as reducing stress and building focus.
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Not only do you get a fantastic workout and reap the benefits of being in the outdoors, trail running also gives you the opportunity to explore beautiful areas. Be prepared for the varying nature of off-piste paths around the country - your running shoes could greet muddy trails, rocky limestone paths and tumbling sands along the way. There’s a beautiful route up in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park which circumnavigates Loch an Eilein, elsewhere in the South, you’ll find a beautiful route through the New Forest in Roydon’s Wood. If you feel the paths are calling, check out Georgina Ayre’s article on how to get into trail running.
This adventure activity is not for the faint hearted - there’s a lot of hard work in very confined spaces (not suitable if you’re claustrophobic). Caving isn’t just a rewarding challenge physically, it also provides a breath-taking glimpse into the magical underworld which will delight any adventurer, but you’ll have to work to get there - crawling and weaving between bumpy rock formations.
Just like trail running, wild swimming also throws up a number of challenges that you wouldn’t normally face in the comfort of an indoor swimming pool. Again, there are plenty of beautiful spots where you can dive into wild swimming, however there are some precautions you’ll need to take.
One of the first things you’ll need to get accustomed to is the sensation of cold water, wild swimming is recommended to be performed in groups due to this fact - cold water shock can be dangerous; it’s advised to settle in the water before swimming so you can adjust to the temperature. Don’t let that worry you though. Once you’re used to it, it’s a thrilling experience!
You’ll need some equipment to ensure safety - be sure to grab yourself a pair of goggles, polarised goggles will be the best sort to seek out - they’re designed to shield your eyes from sunlight which can be particularly bright when reflected off the water. You also may require a wetsuit for certain water bodies.
If you’re looking for a place to try out wild swimming, then head to Wild Swim which marks a number of wild swimming spots you can explore around the country.
Rory Southworth is on hand with and article on how to get into wild swimming which includes some fantastic tips and some information on swimming in nature.