Remember all those fantasies you entertained as a child? Of exploring new worlds, overcoming dangerous obstacles and searching for the treasure you so painstakingly tracked down with your map. Well, worry no more, for treasure hunting is no longer so squalid an art as the explorers of old timers had it. In fact, treasure hunting can be rewarding hobby for your health!
Here are the top four benefits of treasure hunting:
- Exercise & fresh air
You’re hunting for treasure! Of course there will be lots of walking and bending/kneeling down involved during this activity. Going from Point A to Point B helps you lose calories and maintain weight. Depending on whether or not the hunt is a race, the hunter is required to go through certain obstacles, hunting from point to point, like climbing over gates. This helps burn calories – about 1,000 in a typical day’s detecting ( equal to about 1 lb of fat lost compared to not doing any exercise ). Also, especially for us older detectorists it helps us keeping supple and fit which can’t be bad?
- Physical & mentally rewarding experience
While the main goal of a detectorist is finding the treasure, half the fun is embracing the “journey” as well. Being outdoors, is a great activity to help become familiar with new areas, allowing you to find new and interesting spots on your journey. It’s also a great activity to help with your sense of direction. With a map or smart-phone, hunters learn to follow directions and keep tabs on their distance travelled. Hunters are challenged to design their next move as well as recall previous paths taken, sharpening memory function. Furthermore, in an age where GPS has become a primary means of navigating, being able to whet old school navigational techniques by reading maps and knowing compass directions by the measure of the sun can prove useful should one find themselves unexpected outdoors and lost.
The joy of discovery is universal. Solving a mystery, cracking puzzles and throwing knowledge upon the unknown is a fundamental drive. We feel exhilarated when we work through a problem. The mental tasks involved in problem-solving boosts confidence and self-esteem.
- Stimulates the mind & mediation
A treasure hunt challenges players on an individual and on a team dig level. Players use their knowledge of culture, local geography, history, culture and the arts, along with puzzle-solving and map-reading skills to solve a series of clues, each a mini-mystery that can bring good fortune. This fosters logical function and enables one to think creatively.
Treasure teaches hunters to follow directions, build listening skills, and seek and build a consensus for a plan of action. The responsibility of a treasure hunt comes with plotting a strategy and also encourages hunters to have the flexibility to change that strategy when anticipated results are not yielded during a hunt or if an unexpected obstacle sets the team back.
Treasure hunting can help improve the mood of anyone who participates and will help relieve the stresses of modern living. Since hunts are usually filled with excitement, it is not surprising to see a lot of smile from an engrossed, excited detectorist. As a result of the common mission to find the treasure and the joy felt in being a valued member if on a team dig, negative energies are flushed away, allowing positivity and optimism to radiate from a person. Quite a few people set the audio threshold sound on their detectors to a low hum, with aids a type of mediation.
- Learning – stopping mental ageing
Treasure hunting encourages you to get out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s being in an unfamiliar area or being with an unfamiliar team of detectorists, you are inspired to interact with your fellow hunters. Also, if you take a look at the “Educate” section, you will see that the keen detectorist has to learn lots of new stuff such as history, coins, map reading, using the computer etc. This helps prevents mental ageing, and together with the physical benefits can add years and happiness to one’s life.