5 Reasons Camping is Good for Your Health
It’s a well-known fact that a week spent in the great outdoors refreshes the body and mind in a way that a trip to the masseuse just can’t. We wanted to know just how beneficial camping was for your health, so we did some research and found that a trip to the woods for a weekend might just be what we all need to relax and rewind. Here are just a few of the many health and wellness benefits camping provides:
1. Exposure to Sunshine
Natural light wakes the senses and feeds the soul when you step outside to face the day. It’s no secret that sunlight provides us with a very important nutrient, vitamin D, but we were surprised to find that sunlight also increases your body’s absorption of nutrients like vitamin E and calcium. What may seem like just another sun-soaked day on the lake might just be your way of gaining stronger bones, teeth, and a healthy glow.
2. Better Sleep
Camping gives you a chance to unplug from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and that means your eyes get a much needed rest from the glow of screens. The light from phone and computer screens causes insomnia and other sleep related troubles. When you are in the outdoors, your body has a chance to adjust to its natural circadian rhythm due to the natural light around you. The yellow light found in nature triggers the production of melatonin, which in turn gives you a restful night’s sleep.
3. Breathing Fresh Air
Do you find yourself feeling a little bit lighter when you take a deep breath in the woods? This is due to the fact that the all of the greens around you are giving off millions of molecules of oxygen a minute. The air in our cities is littered with pollution and other harmful toxins, so why not give our lungs a break every now and then with a trip to a place where the air is fresh and clean?
4. Reduced Stress
When we are surrounded by loved ones, our body produces the ‘happy’ hormone, serotonin. This is especially true when you are surrounded by all of the wonderful benefits only nature can provide. Camping also gives us the chance to get away from technology, a stress factor for many, and a chance to connect with the people around you. When you are unplugged from the rest of the world the stresses of everyday life seem to melt away, especially when there are smores involved...
5. Decreased Depression
Being outdoors is good for the soul. Your spirits and mood are lifted almost immediately when you surround yourself in nature. The vitamins and nutrients you are exposed to in the wilderness combined with the sense of relaxation you experience combats depression and negativity. While you’re busy with the many different activities camping provides, your mind is also busy learning and experiencing all the many new things the outdoors have to offer.