Find an Excuse to Get Outdoors for Your Health
By Tom Herrin
Even if people enjoy whatever they do, work can take a toll on just about anyone. It is not so much that it is unpleasant as it is that being stuck indoors all day long can have some limitations. Trying to focus on getting healthier can be a challenge when so much time is spent on the job. If this job is indoors, as most are, it has certain limitations. If these people try to increase their exercise, they may be doing so in an indoor facility. A simple way to change this up, and create a little better health, may be to do a little camping. It has all kinds of possibilities and can be pretty inexpensive.
It May Help Reset Sleep Habits
A lot of people have trouble sleeping. There are likely all kinds of reasons. People are busy and life is hectic. Trying to go without an adequate amount of sleep can have some serious consequences. Camping can provide an opportunity to get good sleep. More time exposed to the sun can pay off. According to a University of Colorado study, when people adjust to the sun's schedule, they may have a better balance in their levels of melatonin.
It May Help to Supply More Vitamin D
Everyone needs vitamins in order for their body to work well. Vitamin D is a little different from most of the others in that it is largely supplied by the sun. The fact that so many people spend large amounts of time indoors may contribute to their shortage of this important vitamin. It is believed to help prevent some cancers, high blood pressure, and heart disease as well as several other health issues. When people feel great as they are out on that camping trip, there may be more good reasons why. That new supply of Vitamin D may be part of it.
It May Provide Better Motivation
A lot of times, we all need a reason to get ourselves going. I know how hard it can be to get back out and do something once we get inside. When I had younger kids, I coached them in soccer. I found that was the only way I could really get myself going once I was home. I ended up standing behind the sofa each day as I talked to my wife. That way it seemed easier for me to walk out the door. When we camp, it seems more fitting to go for walks and do other activities. I know first hand this is the case. A natural setting can be inspirational. Give it a try.
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