Outdoor activities: risks and benefits
Some people just can’t give up a nice morning jog in both summer and winter. Or stretching in the park or doing any other outdoor activity. The important thing is preparation to avoid injury.
Doing activities in the outdoors
Well, Doing sports or outdoor activities really has many benefits, first of all being in contact with nature (if it takes place in a park or in the green) but also hides risks that it is good to know about. Doing outdoor activities has been shown to help prevent certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer, as well as to keep physically fit.
In addition to physical well-being, the benefits are also at the mental level because endorphins are released that promote a good mood, which is also reflected in improved sleep or reduced states of anxiety and depression.
One would only have to walk for even fifteen minutes a day or perform a small jog, to see all these benefits on one’s body and mind.
However, alongside the benefits, one must beware of possible risks that may occur, for example, if you practice outdoor activities in the summertime.
In this case, it is essential to take care of your diet, drink often and avoid outdoor activities during the hottest hours. The risks, in fact, can be to incur cramps or heat stroke.
During other seasons, depending on where you do your outdoor activity, you may encounter thunderstorms, fog or adverse weather conditions.
In all these cases, one must have the right clothing and footwear (because one may have to run or walk in rough or muddy terrain). Still, it may happen to come across more or less dangerous animals such as bees, hornets, snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks or fleas.
Knowing who to contact in case of stings or bites is essential, or carrying an antidote or lotion. Finally, from a physical point of view, wrong movement can lead to ankle sprains, foot injuries or back injuries.