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Camping is Good for Your Health

Feb 14, 2017

Camping is way more than a just an adventure or a time to get away for a vacation, it is great for your health. Want a way to stay on top of that new year’s health resolution? Go camping!

Camping Gets You Out in the Fresh AirCamping is Good for Your Health

We can all agree that the air is cleaner and fresher in the great outdoors (the woods/mountains/country/lakeside). The benefits of fresh air don’t stop with a better smell. The larger amount of trees and plants produce a higher level of oxygen and with this higher level of oxygen your brain functions better and releases more serotonin. Serotonin makes you feel happy and lowers stress levels. Fresh air can also help to lower blood pressure, aid digestion, and boost the immune system.

Camping Provides Social Interaction

Socializing with friends, family, or anyone for that matter can delay memory problems and extend your life says the American Journal of Public Health. So go take that outdoor trip with the family and or some close friends and enjoy some life giving conversations.

There are Countless Ways to Exercise While Camping

While camping many people take part in a number of outdoor activities that are great means of exercise. Some of the most popular camping activities include: swimming, hiking, walking around the campgrounds, setting up camp, building a fire, etc.

Camping Can Increase Vitamin D Intake

Being outside gives you more exposure to the sun and more time in the sun allows for more absorption of vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient to the body that allows you to absorb calcium and phosphorus that strengthen bones and teeth.

Sit By the Campfire for a Better Night’s Sleep

The yellow light of the campfire helps to increase melatonin production. Melatonin is the chemical your body produces to help regulate sleep. A deeper and longer period of rest can reduce inflammation and even improve your sleep cycles when you return home.

De-Stress While Camping

Getting outside and away from the bustling daily activities at home can lower stress levels significantly. Constant deadlines, expectations, obligations, and stimulation can have us on high alerts and increase stress. Getting away from these things for just a short bit and taking time to slow down, breathe and enjoy your surroundings can bring you back to life.

Lower Your Depression and Anxiety while Camping

Research shows that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. Nature has an amazing calming and soothing aspect.

Rise to New Challenges While Camping

Camping allows for new challenges to overcome and activities to conquer, These things are stimulating and bring a rush. Stimulating experiences that provide new challenges and conquests affect brain health.

Looking for fun and interesting ways to want to keep healthy? Just go camping!

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