Count Camping as a Part of Building Better Health

By Tom Herrin

For those who feel they are missing something and would like to make some improvement in health, there are more things available than many realize.  One of the most significant things many people can do is change their environment.  So many spend large amounts of time indoors in a very artificial setting that it can be easy to lose touch.  Most people, as kids, do some kind of camping, even if it is in the backyard.  It has much more value than many may give credit.  It is true that is was part of having fun then, but enjoying oneself can do a lot for improving health.  Too many times, people place too many stipulations on what they believe should be done to boost health.  Camping can really be simple with solid results.

It May Provide a Breath of Fresh Air

People often spend so much time indoors today that they virtually choke themselves out.  It is believed that pollution may be two to five times greater indoors than out.  When they are camping, they spend almost all of their time outdoors.  This gives them the opportunity to actually breath much more unpolluted air.  It is sometimes a little surprising just how different it feels to breathe fresher air.

It Will Naturally Increase Activity

When people camp, it is pretty hard to simply sit.  They may sit and relax for a while, but the outdoors tend to be inviting for anyone to get up and move around.  Whether it is hiking, biking, or any of several other things, people are more likely to get up and move.  The change in scenery alone can encourage people to set aside many of the usual devices and conveniences they are so accustomed to using.

It May Strengthen Families

There is something about being out in nature that makes most of us have a greater desire to work together.  This interdependence can spread among family members.  Our family has spent lots of time camping and always had a positive experience.  We frequently found ourselves doing things we would never have considered doing at home.  Maybe it is that Daniel Boone syndrome.  When we get out, we feel like pioneers.  Whatever the case, camping can be a low cost activity that is a good way to turn the page on our activities.  There are sure to be places not far from you, even if you live in a city.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.

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