You’ve probably heard the saying, “15 years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Today, the real world is an escape from the internet..”
It couldn’t have been said better. Spending time outdoors provides us the break we need from the grind of daily life, which for most of us includes home problems, stress from work and dependency on technology.
That’s why it’s no surprise why more and more people are resorting to nature road trips, hiking and camping. For many people, camping is more than just a hobby – it’s therapy. Spending time in the quiet of the woods, taking in beautiful scenery and relaxing under a blanket of stars do more than make us happy, it rejuvenates the mind, body and soul.
Do you ever wonder why you’re just drawn to camping and the outdoors?
Here are 8 amazing reasons why camping is good for you!
Exposure To Fresh Air
Aah yes, there’s nothing like breathing in the sweet, fresh air of the woods! According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of the primary causes of asthma and breathing difficulties is air pollution. Breathing-related problems affect about 30 million people in the United States alone.
When you spend time in the wilderness where there are plenty of trees and less pollutants, air quality is drastically improved and you’ll be able to tell the difference right away – your mood will improve and your body will function with less strain!
Not to mention exposure to the sun, too! You’ll get a healthy dose of the sun vitamin (Vitamin D) which is known to help prevent heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Vitamin D hand in hand with the lack of artificial light helps boost energy, restabilize your vision and reduce stress.
Fights the Biggest Health Struggle There Is – Stress
Whether it’s bills, school, work, relationships or day to day challenges, the feeling of stress seems to be a staple in our everyday lives. Stress takes a toll not only on the human psyche, but it also manifests in our body physically through an array of health problems.
A camping trip does wonders for relieving stress because it allows you to slow down and escape from deadlines, schedules, routine and the like. When you allow yourself to relax outdoors and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you are able to refocus and reconnect with yourself. Plus, it’s hard to feel any type of negativity when you’re doing something you love - camping!
Every camper would agree that each time they come back from a camping trip, they feel like a whole new person. They feel renewed, rejuvenated and overall happier. That’s because spending time out in the sunlight evens out the levels of melatonin in the brain (the chemical responsible for inducing feelings of depression and tiredness).
So by exposing yourself to fresh air and a healthy amount of sunlight, you will experience better moods during and after your camping trip!
Indeed, it takes some time and a few camping trips before you are able to get a good night’s sleep in a tent. With the right sleeping gear and preparation, you’ll be able to sleep like a baby outdoors in no time.
And once you do, it will be worth it – many campers report better sleep cycles upon returning from the campsite. Camping can improve your natural circadian rhythm and sleep quality because of the absence of electricity, digital devices and other sleep-depriving distractions that we are so used to.
Living by the sun’s schedule (waking up when the sun rises and getting ready to sleep when the sun sets) evens out our melatonin levels and resets our internal clock for better function of the mind and body.
According to a recent study conducted by the Journal of Exposure Science, about 87% of an average man’s days are spent indoors and 6% spent inside a car. Depressing, right? Due to modern technology and shift work practices, many of us lead a sedentary lifestyle which is not good for the health.
A weekend camping trip, especially with an itinerary full of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, swimming, biking or even exploring promotes being active and counteracts a sedentary lifestyle.
When our body detects a threat, say an infection or a sprain, it naturally responds with a process called inflammation. The less inflammation levels your body has, the better your overall health. It’s intensified by poor eating habits and an unhealthy lifestyle; and a host of health problems like diabetes, cancer and heart disease when it reaches high gear.
Camping and spending time in nature is scientifically proven to reduce oxidative stress and increase pro-inflammatory levels because exposure to environmental pollutants is decreased and it encourages an active lifestyle.
According to a study done by the American Journal of Public Health, socializing and having a strong social network delay memory problems, promote a better state of mental health. Another study states that the habitual involvement with a smart phone negatively impacts the way we think, remember and regulate emotions.
Camping encourages real human connection because you are disconnected from technology. Although not completely, modern conveniences are not readily available, encouraging you to have real conversations with fellow campers.
Disconnect to reconnect, that’s what spending time outdoors encourages.
We all need some “me time” – some time to breathe, to be self-aware and to reconnect with ourselves. Jack Fong, a sociologist at the California State Polytechnic University, states that the value of solitude is essential to the development of positive psychological patterns.
A camping trip, especially a solo one, can do wonders for the mind. Taking time to slow down and connect with nature stimulates your brain, allows it to re-focus and sparks creativity and inspiration.
Remember, a healthy mind breeds a healthy body and vice versa!
If you love camping and spending time outdoors, here are some more amazing reasons (to add to the never-ending list) why you should keep doing it!
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