5 ways to be adventurous

Published: Saturday 26th September 2015 by The News Editor

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Tackling Everest, the world’s highest mountain, has long held a magical, irresistible appeal for hardcore adventurists and climbers. But this gruelling – to put it extremely mildly – challenge is not without risk.

Last year, 16 people died following avalanches at base camp, and back in 1996, 12 climbers died after encountering on the summit after encountering violent storms.

Their dramatic story has now been turned into a movie – Everest – starring Keira Knightley and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Whether the film makes you even more grateful for the comfort and safety of your sofa, or leaves you hankering for a bit of excitement, we can all get into a rut sometimes. Here are five ways to make daily life a little more daring…

Plan mini expeditions

If a few hours on a Sunday is all you can spare, don’t let that stop you enjoying some outdoor adventure.

“There’s nothing I enjoy more than walking with my wife and young kids through the magnificent woods near where we live in the Chilterns,” says Simon Barnett, director of walking development at the Ramblers.

“Everywhere has something special to offer when you’re on foot – whether that’s a secluded tiny urban park offering a respite from the stresses of daily life, or a magnificent vista from the top of a Scottish Munro that is the just reward for the effort of climbing it in the first place.”

Cook your way around the world

Jetting off to South America or Southeast Asia might not be an option, but you can still explore far-flung lands – through your taste buds.

Eating a country’s cuisine is not quite the same as actually visiting the place, but being a little adventurous in your cooking could really spice up the week (literally, if the dish calls for it!). Try something exotic and totally out of your comfort zone.

Picnic like a rebel

How about a ‘cold weather picnic’? It might sound daft at first, but it could also be a little bit thrilling and – what with all the walking expeditions you’re going to be doing – you’ll need to refuel with something warm and filling, like a flask of soup or vat of stew. (Or yes, you could just find a pub.)

Go ‘extreme’ with your fitness classes

From British Military Fitness to CrossFit, fitness classes now provide the chance to escape reality and train like the pros.

“While our more traditional classes are still very popular, we have definitely noticed a shift towards people wanting to try more adventurous, unique and even seasonal workouts recently,” says Andy Birch, head of fitness at Virgin Active.

“Our new, more adventurous classes have had an overwhelmingly positive reaction. To meet this demand, we’ve actively been looking for innovations that allow members to keep discovering new ways to keep fit, such as the brand new Apex Altitude Studio in our Walbrook club, where you can train at 3,000m [with simulated altitude].”

Sign up for a challenge

Everest is probably a step too far for most of us (just slightly!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the rewards of taking on a challenge. There are endless opportunities these days – 5km runs, half marathons, Tough Mudder – you just need to find the right challenge.

“A big motivator for me is to experience the pure exhilaration of crossing the finish line and completing a long-term goal,” says Matt Tomkin, director of Vo2 Sportswear, who has completed four Ironman challenges. “Everyone has a dash on his or her tombstone, and I intend my dash to have been ‘truly lived’!”

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Saturday 26th September 2015 by The News Editor

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