A Beginners Guide To Outdoor Sports

By on August 10, 2017

With so much beautiful countryside in the world to appreciate, it can be hard to inspire everybody in the family with just a walk. Despite the joys of rambling and hiking, some teenagers (and even some adults) might enjoy engaging with their surroundings in a slightly different way. Whatever your age or inclination, there might be a sport out there for you that you haven’t even thought of trying yet. It’s too easy to get stuck in your ways and never experiment with new things; therefore, read this guide and see if anything tickles your fancy.

Longboarding

Longboarding

With a reputation perhaps tarnished slightly by its most extreme forms such as downhill or bombing, longboarding is becoming ever more popular as a method of transportation and as a hobby. Essentially, a longboard is a low flat board not unlike a skateboard but thicker, and with bigger wheels. You can buy boards in many different sizes for different purposes,however, if you are just interested in freeriding, pick up a standard board and travel around popular sites with ease and style. Always make sure you are wearing the correct safety gear before trying any new sport.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Certainly not for the clumsy souls among us, mountain biking is a serious thrill that, if done safely, can coax teenagers out of their bedrooms and into the hills for days on end. Like longboarding, mountain biking has a bad name, but it is an ever-popular sport, with new tracks opening all over the world. From the dream of mountain biking near ZionNational Park in Utah with Zion Biking, to finding a more local track, mountain biking can satisfy the budding adrenaline junkieand also offer a healthy dose of time spent in the countryside.

Kayaking or Canoeing

Kayaking

Kayaking or canoeing is a brilliant way to see the countryside in a way that you have never before. Taking to the water is a great way to cater for a wide range of ages and skillsets, just make sure if you are taking your family you are prepared. Kayaks are, arguably, more fun for an individual whereas canoes require a level of coordination and participation. Great for a married couple (maybe?) not so great for two siblings who would happily dunk themselves and all their belongings just to see the other in the water.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Snowboarding

Whether you go to Scotland, the Alps or Colorado, taking your family skiing is a great way to expose them to a new and exciting natural habitat. If you are going for the first time, do make sure to hire the right equipment and get lessons for any young people. Like many of the sports on this page, skiing can be dangerous, but it is worth remembering that the vast majority of people who go regularly never have an accident. Just be sensible, and make sure everybody knows about health and safety before you head to the peaks. As long as everyone can understand the risks and takes care of themselves, a skiing holiday might be your best yet.

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