1 To explore the beautiful outdoors
Increasing the amount of time you spend being outdoors with nature has been shown to significantly improve people’s health and happiness. The UK’s first month-long nature challenge, which took place in 2015 by the University of Derby involved people “doing something wild” every day for 30 consecutive days and showed increases in self-esteem, creativity and participants also felt it taught them how to take risks, exercise and discover. “Intuitively we knew that nature was good for us as humans, but the results were beyond brilliant.” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters Campaigns Manager for The Wildlife Trust.
2 Because it is great for us physically and mentally
Vitamin D levels go up (important for growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against diseases. The Vitamin D Council says “your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight”.
Sporteering challenges you to find and capture points marked on a map via our smartphone app. This could be walking, jogging, running, cycling etc – all which will increase aerobic capacity and cardiovascular strength.
The Department of Health in their Start Active, Stay Active report state “regular physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.”
3 To spend time with friends and family
Why not challenge friends, family, work colleagues or clubmates to a Sporteering challenge?
Whilst you explore a green or urban space you can have fun collecting as many points as you can (with a handy leader board on the website showing how many points you have collected). So why not get yourself and the family out Sporteering in 2018 – it couldn’t be easier!
At Sporteering we want to inspire people to get out and active and explore our beautiful countryside and cities. We will be working hard to build a library of events to challenge local communities across the UK and beyond so find an event near you to try in 2018 and give it a go!
If you interested in finding out more about getting involved in putting a Sporteering course up onto the app then get in touch HERE