Why the natural environment is important and how you can get involved in outdoor activities.
Your health and the environment
Regular contact with the natural environment has many benefits including:
- Reduction in stress
- Increased physical activity
- Stronger communities
- An increased awareness of the value of the natural environment
Physically active people have a lower risk of dying from coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, hypertension and colon cancer. Stress and mental ill health are becoming more common, and the public health costs associated with these conditions are growing.
How to get involved
Visit the countryside, go to the coast, or find your nearest river. You can visit The Blue Gym
website which encourages everyone, young and old, to find out about new sports, activities and interests. It also gives people the chance to meet like-minded people, join groups or clubs and find and share videos, pictures and thoughts around anything to do with having fun in, on, or near water.