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Pitch Camp for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Lots of people remember a time when they went camping.  As a child, it was not uncommon to toss a quilt over some chairs or a table and feel a little seclusion by separating from the outside world.  In that case, it may be the rest of the house.  Most people enjoyed something similar at one time or another.  For me, camping in the backyard was always a treat.  We would get a couple of friends together and have a big time simply hanging out.  While it was usually considered fun then, as people get older, they often tend to discount the idea as something they no longer have time for.  It can have plenty of health benefits for just about anyone.

It May Help Sleep

Many people have issues with sleep.  They are so busy and keep such demanding schedules that getting good sleep may seem impossible.  Some University of Colorado researchers found that when people spend time living in the outdoors, as in camping, they will more naturally rely on using the sun as a guide.  The old idea of getting up when it rises and winding down when it sets can take effect.  It seems to have a positive effect on sleep and sleep cycles.

It May Help Improve Memory

Suffering from some kind of memory problems is not unique.  People are so bombarded by life and external stimuli today that it is not surprising.  University of Michigan researchers found that spending time in an outdoor setting may actually improve short-term memory.  Those students in their study saw improvements of about 20 percent.  For anyone who has spent time in such pursuits, these findings may not appear all that surprising.  Being among the outdoors may seem like a good way of awakening the senses.

It May Help Relieve Stress

I can't speak for everyone, but when I have the opportunity to spend time outdoors without a strict agenda, it feels great.  Many of my worries simply go away or seem to be much more trivial.  It can be inspiring and make us have a greater desire to move around and do something.  I also tend to feel more creative and willing to try new things.  The smells, the sounds, and the many sights can be inspiring.  The good thing is that you don't have to have a recreational vehicle, or even a tent, you can rent a simple cabin. Give it a try and enjoy the results.  

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntersville, N.C.

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