Camping: 3 Healthy Benefits
By Virginia Laird
As spring makes its appearance, you may notice yourself being drawn to life outdoors. One activity which increases in popularity this time of year is camping. You may have already considered dusting off the sleeping bag and dragging out the tent. Research suggests that many begin to crave camping life while the days are warm (but not yet brutally hot) and the nights are still cool enough to allow you to sleep without dripping sweat. Whether you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, or want to improve your health, camping can offer a great change of pace. Research suggests that this activity is great for both mental and physical health. A few ways which camping can positively impact your health include:
- Camping can be good for the respiratory system
- Camping can encourage exercise
- Unplugging can help lower stress levels
Camping Can Be Good for the Respiratory System
One of the best benefits of camping is the fresh air. While you may not notice it, the city air can be full of pollutants, which can cause issues for those with respiratory issues. Getting out of the city and into the woods, or a place in nature away from the pollution, can help satisfy the lungs. While it may sound silly, the air is purer where there are fewer things to pollute it. Having the ability to breathe in more oxygen can improve your health and help you have more energy.
Camping Can Encourage Exercise
While camping, many find themselves participating in exercise which may not have happened otherwise. Tons of campers find themselves tackling hiking trails together, enjoying a brisk walk through the campgrounds, taking a bike ride, canoeing, or finding other activities that offer exercise. Those who find time to get some exercise in while camping may find they enjoy this exercise and decide to find time to exercise more often.
Unplugging Can Help Lower Stress Levels
In today’s society, it seems everyone is plugged in to something. This can lead to a reduction in the time spent socializing with friends and family. Camping can allow everyone to set aside their devices and tune in to one another. Research suggests that spending time away from electronics can reduce stress levels for the whole family. Too much stress can hamper the immune system and interrupt sleep. If you are ready to reconnect with your family and get rid of some stress, consider planning a camping trip.
Now locate your nearest state park or campground, drag out your camping gear, and take a long weekend away. You and your family will be glad you did!
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