The health benefits you’ll enjoy when searching for hidden “treasures” are just icing on the cake.
If you’ve never tried geocaching, you may be missing out on more than you realize. Geocaching is a recreational activity that sets you on an adventure to find hidden caches, using a variety of navigational techniques, that are stashed in locations all over the world. A cache typically consists of a waterproof container that contains small items or trinkets and/or a log book to note when a cache has been found and who has found it.
Similar to treasure hunting, geocaching is a fun way to get outdoors and to explore the world around you. As a recreational activity, it provides entertainment that also has the added benefit of getting you moving. After all, you can’t find a cache while sitting on your couch!
Aside from the obvious health benefit of geocaching, which is that it gets you to do some health-boosting physical activity like walking, hiking and bending, there are other unexpected benefits, too. These include:
- It reduces stress. Our lives are stressful, between the demands of work, family, financial and other commitments. Chronic stress has been shown to contribute to a number of health issues, including heart disease. When you can find ways to relax and unwind, such as you do when hunting for a geocache, you’re doing something good for both your body and your mind.
- You’ll spend more time outdoors. There are many health benefits associated with being outdoors. Studies have found that spending time in nature may improve mood and reduce feelings of anger, anxiety and depression. Being out in nature may also sharpen focus and reduce stress. Taking a break from everyday routines and enjoying a change of scenery is good for your mental health.
- It’s a wholesome way to have some fun. Geocaching is the equivalent of good ‘ol fashioned fun. You get to embark on new experiences, explore new locations, find new treasures and revel in the glow of your adventures. If you’re looking for a pick-me-up and some excitement (and you love to feel like a treasure hunter!), geocaching may be just what you’re looking for.
- You’ll enjoy a sense of accomplishment. There’s something immensely satisfying about finding a cache—and the good news is that almost anyone can enjoy the experience. There are geocaches tailored to people of all physical abilities. Finding a geocache may even improve self-esteem.
- You’ll feel part of a community. If you enjoy geocaching, you are part of a large community of people who enjoy doing the same thing as you. There are many online communities available for geocachers to share their stories and successes. Geocaching is also a great group activity that can build cooperation and foster communication between people.
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Date Last Reviewed: April 15, 2022
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
Dietary Review: Perry Pitkow, MD