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Go More Primitive for a Health Boost

By Tom Herrin

The same old thing can end up being a bit much.  That is, most people are pretty much creatures of habit in that they get into a routine and stay that way.  When they get into a busy schedule that is saturated with work and all sorts of various things, they may continue to get in deeper and deeper.  Before they realize it, they may be so busy that they are unable to carve enough time out to do some simple things for their health.  When it gets to that point, it may be best to find some way to get away and have a change of pace.  A pretty easy way is to go camping.  It is available for little or no cost and can provide opportunities to reap some great benefits.

It May Help Fight Depression

Most people deal with depression at some time or another.  It is increasingly common.  The combination of so many external factors they face each day can add up in a hurry.  Camping can help to curb some of that.  Affective seasonal disorder is a condition that causes lot of misery in lots of people.  Camping and enjoying the outdoors can help to make people feel more upbeat and capable of doing whatever they choose.  It can mean an opportunity to accept new challenges.

It May Help Improve Memory

Memory loss of some kind seems to be increasingly common.  A University of Michigan study compared students who took a walk and viewed city scenes to those who took a walk and viewed a natural setting.  Their findings were that those who viewed the natural settings showed improvement in their memories by about 20 percent.  It is an interesting footnote on camping.  It apparently unburdens the mind in a way other things can't.

It May Help Shed Sedentary Tendencies

When we spend so much time indoors, we seem to shut ourselves away from activity.  When we go camping, it is natural to get out and walk as we look around.  Observing things is much different when we are spending time outdoors.  Somehow or other, the birds singing may sound clearer and more beautiful.  Watching animals may be more interesting.  I always have a greater desire to get involved in whatever is going on.  Whether it is fishing, playing some kind of a game, or chopping wood, we may get a little more excited.

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

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