We find the elements of movement, outdoors, and mindfulness to be especially useful to enhance the life experience. They can surely do a lot for you one by one. For example, by going to the gym, having a picnic in nature, appreciating music or art, or even practicing meditation.
However, some activities are likely to incorporate all three of them at the same time. These activities are often compiled under the name Adventure Sports. Thanks to their characters, they make you move your body, takes you out in nature, and since you have to adapt to the conditions of nature when doing them, they tend to make it hard not to be in the present moment.
For some people this makes immediate sense, but if it does not to you. Imagine walking, running, or cycling on an asphalted road, you can easily keep repeating the same thoughts you normally have in your head. However, if you swap the environment to a rough trail in the forest or on a mountain you cannot be anywhere else in your mind if you are going to manage what you do.
The intensity of the activity also plays an important role in the degree of presence it requires from you. For example, running on a trail requires more presence than hiking it. Or imagine climbing on a rock wall or catching a big wave in the ocean. If you are not 100% present failure is next to guaranteed.
Below we listed a few activities that to different extends incorporate all three elements. If you come up with more suitable activities, please let us know and we grow the list together.
Hiking, Trail Running, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Alpinism, Skiing, Snowboarding, Freediving, Ocean Swimming, Lake Swimming, Ice Swimming, Yoga in Nature, Surfing, Wind Surfing, Kite Surfing, Paragliding, Kayaking, Canyoning, Rafting…