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5 Outdoor Adventures To Go On

The benefits of spending time being active outside are innumerable, but it can be difficult to find ways to do this. If you're trying to get into the world of outdoor adventuring, here are some activities to look into.

1. Non-Motorized Boating

Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards are all great ways to spend some time on a lake or river. While motorboats bring their own kind of fun, smaller, non-motorized watercraft allow you to get up close and personal with nature and can open doors to exploring new areas that you can't normally on a motorboat. Plus, there's something about using your own strength to propel you forward, and the silence of these small boats make it possible to encounter more wildlife. They're also relatively inexpensive to rent for a day or even to buy if you think you'll be using them regularly. You can go with a friend or a whole group, bring a picnic and make a day of it or stay out for just an hour or two. If you're a little unsure of your abilities, you can practice paddling around in inground swimming pools in San Antonio. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you might even try some white water rafting or kayaking down rapids.

2. Hiking

When you think about hiking, you might think a rocky trek up to the top of a mountain that takes mounds of gear carried in a backpack as big as you are. While this is certainly one way to do it, you may be surprised at how many shorter, less-intense trails there are all around you as well. Whether you want a simple walk around a lake or a longer journey through the woods to a specific scenic destination, hikes are a great way to get outside and get some exercise. Use an app to find trails near you and to get an idea of how difficult they are and what supplies you'll need. As long as you're prepared, a hike can be a rewarding opportunity to be adventurous and explore the great outdoors.

3. Mountain Biking

While hiking allows you to adventure through the woods, mountain biking does this at a higher speed. You can find trails that are as difficult or as easy as you like, and it can give you both an adrenaline rush and a calm that comes from being in nature. Mountain biking can also build your confidence and athleticism, and it's possible to do even if you don't own a bike, as many bike shops rent them out. This is another adventurous activity that is great for families and individuals, although it's always a good idea to bring a buddy with you and tell someone else where you're going on any outdoor adventure.

4. Rock Climbing

If you're looking for a physical strength-based adventure, rock climbing might be the one for you. While using the indoor walls at sporting goods stores and climbing facilities is a great way to practice and get used to the activity, the true adventure comes from climbing outside. Conquering something that seems insurmountable is deeply rewarding and exhilarating, and the activity opens up a new world of trails and climbing routes to visit and conquer. Climbing is also a great way to socialize with other outdoor enthusiasts, as it's best done with a group.

5. Camping

One of the most classic outdoor adventures, camping is a go-to for a reason. There is nothing like breaking away from your cushy routine and spending some significant time in nature, whether you're sleeping under the stars or in an RV. If you're looking for a more intense adventure, you might try a backpacking trip where you hike in and out of your remote camping spot. If you're looking to just get your feet wet in the world of camping, look into a glamping setup where you can enjoy nature from the comfort of a yurt, cabin or treehouse.

Going on outdoor adventures can seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Start small and work your way up, and keep trying activities until you find something you truly enjoy.

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