What are the Health benefits of camping
Spring and summer is right around the corner, so people are getting ready for the great outdoors and all the activities that comes with the outdoors. Camping, sports, fishing are just a few things that we do with the family and friends when it comes to the outdoors. Camp grounds offer these activities along with an array of others. Did you know that while you are out camping and doing these things that it is beneficial to your health.
- Decreases depression and anxiety: Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. In turn takes away any anxiety. Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature. We aren’t tied down by computer and cellphones. Clarity can be developed from the solitude of nature.
- Fresh Air: After setting up your tent and all of your belongings, you take a deep breath and are overwhelmed by a feeling of happiness. This is not only because you are about to embark on a weekend camping vacation, but because you are surrounded by trees which give off a high-capacity of oxygen. Your brain functions better with this increased level of oxygen and releases serotonin, which makes you feel happy and lowers your stress level.
Fresh air has other health benefits, such as improving your blood pressure, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system. Providing your body with these higher levels of oxygen over a series of days increases the effect of these health benefits.
- Exercise: Camping provides a great deal of exercise. You walk to different amenities, swim, play sports, hike, fish, etc. These different exercises burn off a greater amount of calories than an office job would. Exercise activates your cardiovascular system and is beneficial to the health of your heart and lungs.
- A good nights sleep: Sleeping in as long as you like, the quiet of nature, sleeping under the stars, or in a soft comfortable bed are all available to you at your campsite. After a long day filled with activities, fresh air, and the sun, it is no wonder that falling asleep is easy. A good nights sleep is needed to keep your body functioning correctly, it also reduces inflammation, and can improve sleep cycles long after your trip is over. The yellow light of the campfire increases your level of melatonin, a chemical made by the body to regulate sleep.
- Healthy foods: Camping limits your meal options to those which are able to be cooked on a campfire or grill. Choosing foods that require preparation can jump start a diet or give your digestive system a break from fast food. Rather than candy or campfire pies, bring nuts, fruits, vegetables and granola bars to help promote healthy eating.
- New challenges: Camping in both the wilderness and campgrounds provides many opportunities or new challenges and activities. This allows for every camping experience to be different and stimulating. Stimulating experiences which provide new challenges affects brain health as they are both physically and mentally stimulating.
- Less stress: Being outdoors and camping allows you to remove yourself from the stresses of your career. Sitting by the river or in front of a dim campfire are great ways to relieve stress. Although many campsites offer WiFi, it is important to allow yourself time away from technology. The decrease in the constant stimulation of technology will encourage a greater psychological and emotional health.
- Sunshine: Whether you are sleeping outdoors or taking refuge in a camper, just spending down time outside has a huge impact on your health. The sun is not only good for that a tan, it also provides our bodies with Vitamin D. This is essential to our well-being because Vitamin D allows our body to absorb calcium and phosphorous which strengthens our bones and teeth.
- Socializing: Camping alone is plenty of fun, but if you bring along some friends or family members, you’ll enjoy a unique experience together that will help you keep a healthy, happy relationship. Socializing can extend your lifespan and delay memory problems according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, and apart from the medical benefits, a few close relationships make life more fun. Invite a few friends on your next trip out.
- Improves Moods: People who camp will often talk about how the first few days back from a trip seem happier. This isn’t without merit; spending some time outside in the sunlight can even out the levels of melatonin in your brain. Melatonin is the chemical that makes you feel tired and can induce feelings of depression, so by camping, you can enjoy better overall moods during and after your trip.
You can see there are benefits to camping that can improve your overall health. So remember to keep all your home life distractions at home and at work and enjoy the great outdoors. Feel free to leave any comments and questions below in the comments section and I will get back to you.