A Basics Approach May Be a Way to Boost Health
By Tom Herrin
Just about everyone recognizes a need to make occasional changes in their lives. Finally realizing that they get too busy and take too many shortcuts on their health is a common thing. Finding the simplest way to do that can be a challenge. Most people have the problem of trying to do too much in too little time. This leads to many shortcuts that only end up shorting themselves. There is a good chance that most people did some camping as a child, even if it was throwing a blanket over something in the backyard to make a tent. Unless they really maintained an interest in it, chances are they put that behind them and did not think about the enjoyment they had doing so. Camping is simple and can provide some useful health benefits.
It May Improve Memory
It is unfortunate but true that most people tend to have poorer memory as they age. When there are ways that can help to improve it, it is worthwhile looking into it. Some University of Michigan research observed people who had taken walks through a city and those who had done so in their arboretum. They found that those who walked through the natural area had a 20 percent improvement in their short-term memory. Apparently there is something about nature that helps.
It May Improve Eyesight
For a long time, it was believed that too much sun was bad for the eyes. It has been found more recently that getting a certain amount of UV rays can actually help vision. One study found that exposure to more natural light, rather than computer screens, can have a positive impact on vision. It was noted that students who spent more time outdoors had lower rates of myopia.
It Will Always Help Relieve Stress
While it may be a pretty bold statement to make, unless someone is creating stress about the details of their camping, it will help to relieve stress. If nothing else, just getting away from the normal routine is a good thing. Spending time outdoors connecting with nature can mean a good lift in the spirit. Our family loves camping and will go at just about any opportunity. You can go camping with a minimal amount of cost. In good weather, all you need is something to sleep in and something to eat. The rest will pretty much take care of itself.
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