Beyond the beneficial health effects of physical activity and nature, outdoor sports are also associated with social benefits, including the intra- and interpersonal development of young people, the reduction of crime and active citizenship, as they provide unique opportunities within the natural and social environment environments. Exercising outside isn't just good for your physical health. It also helps your mental health. Spending time in nature and in natural light can improve mood and reduce stress and depression.
Being physically active produces similar benefits and often relaxes and encourages people. Outdoor recreation also helps support the economy and raises awareness of important conservation issues. The responsible use of public lands helps people to worry about what is happening in these places. Research suggests that when children play outside, greater environmental awareness is generated later in life.