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The Outdoors May Be a Way to Better Health

By Tom Herrin

People often spend a large majority of their time indoors.  Even their efforts to get healthier may involve indoor exercise.  There are lots of things that may be done to boost health that can allow them to enjoy the outdoors.  Jogging, biking, and joining outdoor exercise groups may provide an opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors.  Another easy way to do so is to go camping.  When people camp, they can connect with nature in a way that is not available in many other activities.  It also may be done alone or in groups, such as with family.  With the variety of places they can camp, the possibilities are endless.

It May Help to Get Better Sleep

For those who have done a little camping, they are likely aware that sleeping outdoors can be very different from sleeping indoors.  When people sleep outdoors, they may alter their sleep schedule and get a better quality sleep as well.  A University of Colorado study found that when people sleep outdoors, they may adjust to the sun's schedule.  This may mean rising with the sun and going to bed around the time it sets.  They also believe that melatonin levels become more balanced encouraging better sleep.

It May Improve Vision

For some years, it was thought that exposure to the sun's rays caused an increase the instances of myopia.  A Canadian study found that this increase in myopia cases may be due to exposure to electronic screens such as those on computers and other video devices.  On the other hand, they found that people who spent more time outdoors with more exposure to the sun had lower instances of myopia.  It may be another good reason to get out the camping gear.

It May Help Build Relationships

People thrive on relationships.  Whether it is family, friends, or some other contacts, when we spend time together outdoors, we often find that we develop greater level of dependence.  Working together to accomplish a common purpose can help us feel more confidence in one another.  It may be a level of trust that can build a solid foundation of friendship and camaraderie.  Anytime we can build our social and emotional parts, we can feel better about whatever we do.  If you haven't camped for a while, it is worth a try.  It can be inexpensive, healthy, and fun for the whole family.

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

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