When you think about rafting and outdoor adventures you probably aren’t thinking about the mental and physical benefits. You’re likely thinking about the fun you’re going to have. About spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, or exploring an area you haven’t been before.

This is all true. These are reasons enough to spend a day outside.

The good news is rafting has SO many other benefits you probably aren’t even thinking about. All outdoor activities do. Nature is a powerful force and it brings us so much good – both mentally and physically.

Here are 10 Unexpected Benefits of Rafting and Other Outdoor Activities.