The Joys of the Outdoors

Out and About 

When we talk about outdoor activities, the usual ones that come to mind are jogging, cycling, racquet games, basketball, and football. While some activities require a team to play and some do not, some require a court and some don’t, the need to step out of the books and walls, in-fact even the gadgets at hand can bring great rewards.

At Linton, students spend their time with a balance between lessons and outdoor activities. Many activities are organized by our Student Affairs Department (STAD) under the societies and clubs that are actively participated by our students such as hiking at the neighbouring hilltops like Broga Hill, to swimming at Seremban Swimming Complex. Students also spend their evenings in small groups shooting the loops with their basketball and playing a good game of soccer at the field. Lately, with the arrival of the O-Bikes, we’ve had many cycling their evenings into the gorgeous sites of Mantin town.

Reap those Benefits!

Here are a few reasons why taking a break from those books and gadgets, and moving your muscles to either a vigorous or relaxing outdoor activities is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Prevention is Better Than Cure
The regular outdoor activity provides a number of physical health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced arthritis pain, weight loss and lowered risk of diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Getting 150 minutes of moderate exercise -- such as biking or brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic disease, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2009 study in the “Journal of Park and Recreation Administration” found a correlation between access to outdoor recreational spaces and overweight, obesity and adults’ physical activity levels. Specifically, less-active and more overweight adults spent less time participating in non-motorized physical activities in recreational areas. 

• Socially Wholesome
Along with an increase in physical activity, outdoor recreation offers the chance to socialize, an important benefit in itself. For instance, birdwatching incorporates several activities, including the physical movement of walking, interpreting visual and auditory input, and speaking to other birdwatchers, according to a 2010 report from Resources for the Future. The report also notes that social settings of outdoor spaces, especially urban parks, are associated with positive experiences. Outdoor physical activity can also increase pride in the community, as well as offer the chance to meet people with similar interests. 

Outdoor activities lead to an increased confidence, improved creativity and better self-esteem. Natural settings rejuvenate and calm the mind, improve the outlook and increase the positive effect. In contrast, artificial environments may cause feelings of exhaustion, irritability, inattentiveness and impulsivity, according to Resources for the Future. Outdoor time can even help you focus; 2009 research in the “Journal of Attention Disorders” shows that 20-minute walks through natural settings lead to improved concentration.

Emotional Benefits

Both physical activity and outdoor settings reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Spending time exercising in a park leads to an increase in positive moods and a reduction in cortisol levels, a hormone released when the body feels stress. Similarly, increased access to green space for activities such as walking decreases stress. 

With the lush green surroundings of Mantin and Linton Campus itself, taking advantage of the outdoors for a fully enriched life is not a tough feat. Essentially the outdoors will improve your vitality and your success in tertiary education and as an overall individual.


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