Getting Outside When Your Not Outdoorsy

Getting outside is good for your physical health, mental health, and – if you enjoy the outdoors – it’s lots of fun. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable out in nature. Maybe you feel too exposed, out of your element, or maybe you feel like you aren’t prepared for an outing in the wilderness. You don’t have to climb to the top of a snow-covered mountain, or spend a month roaming the woods to get outdoors.

Want to explore the world of outdoor recreation, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few tips for getting outside when you’re not outdoorsy.

Location, location, location

If you’re not used to spending time out in nature, you should choose a setting that  can help you make the transition from your back yard to the backcountry.

  • Start by spending time at local parks. This allows you to get enjoy some fresh air without placing you in remote wilderness.
  • Greenways, bike trails, and walking trails can help you get used to being active outdoors while still providing the comfort of being in town.
  • Hiking trails that are close to town, well-traveled, and well-maintained are a great next step.
  • Plenty of maintained campgrounds offer running water, indoor plumbing, and electrical hook ups. This is a great way to get used to sleeping outdoors without getting thrown into the deep end.

Choose the right activities

The best way to get more comfortable spending time out in nature is spending time in nature. That being said, backpacking, rappelling, and whitewater rafting aren’t the most accessible activities for people who aren’t adventurous or comfortable outdoors.

Do activities that aren’t too far out of your wheel house, but that put you in an outdoor setting.

  • Take easy day hikes.
  • Ride your bike.
  • Go for walks.
  • String up a hammock.

Learn as you go

Don’t head into remote backcountry for a week-long backpacking trip for your first outing. Start small and work your way up to bigger, more epic adventures.

Half-day hikes and overnight camping trips at family campgrounds can evolve into self-supported backpacking trips.

Learn from your mistakes, and pick up tricks from those who are more experienced than yourself.

Be prepared

Be prepared for your time outdoors no matter how grand or mundane it is.

Do your homework and research areas before you go.

Always have adequate food and water, sun protection, weather protection, footwear, and outdoor gear.

Visit Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters for tips, advice, recommendations, and outdoor gear in Northwest Arkansas!

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