Geocaching for Weight Loss
Weight loss is currently a big problem pacing millions of people worldwide and an opportunity to lose weight is usually hitched by several people if they believe it will work. This has led to the increase in ‘miracle diets’, nutrition supplements and increased gym exercises and subscriptions.
Well, not everyone can match the huge costs and implications required for these diets or exercise packages.
Geocaching offers a better and cheap solution. Do you know that you can lose weight and keep fit both mentally land physically while having fun? Geocaching is about adventure-filled activities whereby you track the cache using GPS. As you hike and hunt the cache in long and adventurous places and distances, your body becomes active which is absolutely relative to good health naturally. You are typically keeping fit.
The Center for Community Health Development(CCHD) at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health conducted and documented an extensive study which evidence the physical benefits attributed to geocaching. The data conducted and collected from 1000 people aged between 18-77 years across US, analyzed how physical fitness could be achieved from geocaching.
Leave out all that hype of special ‘miracle diets’ or some fancy exercises or workout attracting some high membership monthly or weekly subscriptions. With geocaching, you just spend a few pennies on GPS and other essential equipments and off you go hiking.
This makes your brain active and alert as your get the concentration to track the cache. The idea of being successful in your endeavor is good for brain development which in turn increases your brain alertness and focus. The adventure which is also fun-filled helps release and ease any emotional stress. If you are in the company of family or friends the experience can help foster and solidify love, togetherness and cohesion and thus bringing you closer to each other.
The hiking experience is a great opportunity to lose weight. When you walk moderately for about 2-3 hours as you search for your cache, you get the opportunity to burn around 250-400 calories. This happens naturally and is therefore a greatly recommended technique to loose weight without subjecting you body to horrendous exercise or some ridiculous diets which does not offer any long lasting solutions. The more you hike and the faster you walk, the more calories you burn, thus your become more fit and in good health.
Basically, to lose a kilogram of fat, you need to burn around 3500 calories, so doing the basic mathematics, you will get an idea of how much fit you will be at the end of your adventure.
The best bit of this strategy, is that the walk is never dull or boring because you do it as an adventure and with a mission at hand. You might even be completely unaware that you are keeping fit since your mind is concentrated in the cache that you are tracking.
Also when you are geocaching you get that rare opportunity to go out, meet new people and socialize.
I’d bet that this is absolutely important and beneficial especially in this digital age whereby cable TV, the internet, videogames and Smartphone have completely altered the social behavior of humans resulting to less interactions. With geocaching adventures, you get that chance you’ve always missed.