Why Outdoor Adventure Can Help College Students

October 18, 2017

Outdoor fun activity for high school and college students is a welcome reprieve indeed. Well, at least you have to agree; it offers a respite from the computer and video gaming, which turns students into nerds. The outdoors can open up your mind, make you sharper, improve your memory power and leave you fit physically.

As a mother packs her baby stuff in the travel diaper bag to hit the trails for hiking, bird-watching, trekking, camping and traveling, will you be packing your books and heading out? As a student, you can surely do with boosted memory, especially with that dissertation paper approaching and with exams to take, you know you need all the memory power that you can muster. It is only a reach a way, a trek away in the outdoors.

Your mind is a powerhouse, get more out of it

Hiking will help boost your brainpower! Believe it or not, research shows that people who hike often are able to solve more complex problems and are able to remember many things. For example, forgetting where you placed your cellphone should not be a problem anymore. Although research shows that as we grow older our hippocampus shrinks, you can boost your mind power by hiking frequently. Now, if this is good for elderly people, you can imagine what outdoor adventure can do for a young mind.

Stress hormone down; feel good hormones up

Lower your stress levels. The clear, alpine air will do your lungs and your psyche a lot of good. Clean fresh air, the extensive physical exertion and being in the company of your colleagues leads to the release of the feel good hormones like dopamine and Serotonin. When these hormones are released, the level of the stress hormones, for example, cortisol, goes down. You experience a lifting in the mood, more happiness and in that nirvana of peace of mind, you can actually enjoy your studies more.


The power of concentration is boosted

Some of the concepts that you will be trying to grapple with in college can take their toll on your mind. This could lead to inattention in class, and that could pull you back a lot academically. However, not to worry if you are an enthusiast of outdoor fun activities. You can bring your power of concentration back with activities like beach camping, alpine camping, trekking, hiking, kayaking and many more.

Research shows that children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) display fewer symptoms of this condition if they play outside.

We do not need 1001 reasons why the outdoors is great for college students, or for everyone in general. Besides, what do you have to lose by going camping, rowing, biking and hiking? You can only gain. Pull on your hiking boots and pack your sleeping bag. And pop in a book too, you will need it.