The Feel Good Factor of the Great Outdoors
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Written by Jen Riley, Community Strength & Balance Project Leader, Sport Bay of Plenty
A recent article confirmed something that a lot of us already know – being active in the great outdoors is great for your health.
The article (www.sciencealert.com) stated that “just 30 minutes of nature a week could reduce your risk of depression and heart disease”. Other studies also show that exercising in natural environments is associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement, together with decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression.
To be honest none of these findings are earth shattering as who doesn’t feel better after getting out and about in nature? We really are lucky in the Bay of Plenty that we are spoilt for choice when it comes to recreational opportunities in the outdoors as we are surrounded by stunning beaches, parks, forests and lakes.
One programme at Sport Bay of Plenty that showcases all the great outdoor recreational opportunities around the Bay of Plenty is called Virtually on Track. The aim of Virtually on Track is to get more people out and about – discovering, exploring and connecting with all the fantastic outdoor recreational opportunities that are on offer in this region.
Virtually on Track started in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and encourages people to get outdoors and explore the stunning parks, beaches and reserves in the Bay of Plenty through running, walking, cycling, kayaking plus many other recreational sports.
Virtually on Track focuses on eight amazing areas in the Bay of Plenty called “gems” and utilises technology and social media to create exciting new ways to explore and play in your local gem site. Whether you are interested in exploring the local trails with your family or getting your adrenalin pumping, the Virtually on Track website showcases what’s on offer and how you can get involved in adventure sport and recreation across the region.
So this Spring I challenge you to get out and about and discover, explore and connect with Virtually on Track. Check out the Virtually on Track website and discover a world of outdoor opportunities here in the Bay of Plenty, grab the family or a friend and go exploring, I guarantee you will have plenty of fun and you’ll be amazed what’s on offer in your ’backyard’ and by connecting with nature I bet you will feel better for it!
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