Another benefit of the sport that I can vouch for is: orienteering is a sport for all age groups. When I was a teenager, I was a novice and learned through participating in the courses. When I was a bit older, I became more serious about the sport, entered the elite category, trained more, and ran in the junior national team. When I was pregnant, I ran or later walked the simpler and shorter courses anyone can participate in, called OPEN. Even later, I participated with a baby in a sling, enjoying the challenge of finding orienteering points with the ease of a short course and the baby close to my heart, sleeping peacefully in the fresh air.
Later, I ran again in the elite category, my kids safely playing in the meadow close to the finish, watched over by my clubmates. These days, my kids run or walk, as each of them prefers, in their respective categories, and my courses are a bit shorter but still technically challenging, as they fit categories over 45 years of age. As I get older, I am looking forward to running as long as I enjoy it, or walking as long as possible, in categories over 55, or 65, and even over 75.