Adventures that incorporate activity are not only good for your physical health, they are good for your mental and emotional health too. Best of all, they leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
If you are looking for more excuses to pack your bags and jump on the next plane – here are 5 reasons why active adventures are good for you!
1. Active adventures get you out of your comfort zone
You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. And yes, as cheesy as it is, it’s true! A little bit of healthy stress from being outside your comfort zone is a catalyst for growth and is often where the magic happens.
So what are you waiting for? Take that leap, challenge yourself and try something you’ve always wanted to do but makes you little nervous. Whether that is a trek that always been on your bucket list, like climbing Kilimanjaro, or cycling for a cause you are passionate about. Once you’ve reached your goal - you’ll feel on top of the world!
2. Active adventures are good for your health
Too often we get busy with our daily lives that we forget to make time for exercise. The effects of a sedentary lifestyle are widely known and can result in a range of health problems.
Our CEO Sue Badyari is an advocate of the health benefits of active adventures, in particular walking.
“They are just what the doctor ordered - offering so many benefits for your mind body and soul” said Sue. “There is now much evidence that walking and trekking holidays are the perfect de-stress therapy. The slow pace is cathartic providing psychological relief from our fast paced urban lives.”
Active adventures are also one of the best ways to motivate you to train and exercise. It will give you a goal to strive for and a reason to get active on weekends.
3. Active adventures are good for the soul
Are you feeling a little brain-dead and need to boost your creativity and zest for life? Getting out of your daily routine and venturing into the unknown will make you feel alive, enhance your creativity and fuel motivation.
Sue believes that active adventures are fundamental for all of us -
“In nature, the disconnect from screens, mobile phones and the distractions of social media, work and home schedules and the wonderful immersion with nature - are not only important, but vital for us human beings.”
Additionally, we grow and become our best selves when we push ourselves on a new adventure or physical challenge. “For me, completing a long walk in the mountains results in an incredible feeling of strength, clarity and accomplishment,” adds Sue.
You’ll come back from an active adventure feeling very refreshed, invigorated and ready to take on new challenges!
4. Active adventures help you make you lifelong friends
Adventures bring people together in a way that forges life-long friendships. Sharing trials and triumphs gives you something to bond over. They create lasting memories and an understanding of each other that would usually take many months to build.
The laughter, stories and challenges unite people in a way like no other. A study in the journal of Psychological Science found that those who engaged in a positive activity with a friend amplified the experience to make it more enjoyable.
“Some of the most meaningful conversations I’ve had have been when I have been with family and friends on a walking holiday,” says Sue.
5. Active Adventures can change the world
Charity challenges are a win-win. They are good for you and they are good for the world by giving back through fundraising. You have a goal or challenge to strive for whilst contributing to a cause you really care about. They also allow you to connect with your community through fundraising and start conversations around issues that are important to you.
In addition, embarking on a trip to some of the world’s most remote and untouched corners puts money into the local economy and helps preserve these pristine landscapes.
Some of the destinations that Huma Charity Challenge visit are in some of the world’s poorest countries and responsible travel is a catalyst to help these countries in their efforts to save and preserve their land. Additionally, travelling with an eco-friendly and responsible travel company has positive changes on animal welfare, waste management, porter protection, communities in need and sustainable development.
Make your next holiday an active charity challenge. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said -
"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
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