7 benefits from orienteering at Outdoor Adventure
Orienteering is a fantastic way to see more of the Bude countryside on our school residential trips. Not only is it full of fun, but it also has many great health benefits, not to mention the connection to nature you will experience as you and your group move between stages.
For those who are in the dark about this exciting activity, orienteering involves competitors being equipped with a map and compass and using their navigational skills to move from point to point over a mixed terrain.
Luckily at Outdoor Adventure, nature has done the hard part for us, with the centre and the 10 acres that surround us providing a maze of natural wonder for our guests to explore. We have used this one-of-a-kind landscape to the fullest, creating an exciting and engaging orienteering course that will call on the students to use their map-reading skills, cardiovascular fitness, problem-solving skills and the ability to work well in a team, all while offering up views of the exquisite Cornish coastline.
Below you will find seven benefits to orienteering with us here at OA:
- You can find a balance between the physical and the mental: It’s not only about how quickly you can get somewhere; you must be able to read the terrain and choose routes under pressure while working as part of a team.
- It will refine your decision-making skills and awareness: Navigation and problem solving combined will have a positive impact on your decision-making ability, which is a skill set that you can apply to many things as you get older. There’s a reason why orienteering is often referred to as the ‘thinking sport’.
- Teaches you how to think and act under pressure: This is one skill set that will be used time and time again as you progress through adulthood. Decisions when orienteering are constantly being made when you’re tired and under competitive stress. This will teach you how to make snap decisions when the pressure is rising!
- Cardiovascular benefits: When orienteering, you are running up hills, across fields and climbing the steep inclines of valleys. This type of exercise is hugely beneficial in the development of your physical strength and fitness.
- Time in nature: There have been many studies advocating the benefits of being in nature. From the calming sensation it brings to the increased vitamin D levels from the sun’s rays, the benefits are endless!
- Increased self-esteem: You will feel great after orienteering along North Cornish coast, as to complete an orienteering course you need patience, endurance, perseverance and mental strength. You will be tackling terrain that you have never seen before which you may get lost in, but when you are able to find your way through, your self-esteem will be through the roof!
- It’s a whole lot of fun!
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