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3 Benefits of Camping

By Virginia Laird

Spending time surrounded by the sounds of nature and the freedom it provides can be liberating and exciting. Research has long suggested that spending time in the fresh air, without the demands of daily life, can be beneficial to health. If you are an avid camper, you already recognize the array of benefits this activity has to offer. For those who have yet to gain an appreciation for camping, it may be time to consider building a bond with the great outdoors. Health and wellness experts advise that camping can improve the health of those who participate routinely in the activity. A few of these benefits include:

  • Exercise is always part of camping
  • Vitamin D is provided by the sun
  • Camping is good for your sleep

Exercise is Always Part of Camping

One of the greatest benefits of camping is its ability to provide exercise. With many campgrounds offering a variety of hiking trails, canoeing opportunities, and other fitness-related activities, you may be sure to get some exercise while enjoying your get away. Research suggests that exercise releases hormones which can help promote mental health.

Vitamin D is Provided by the Sun

Health and wellness experts advise that spending time outdoors allows for the absorption of Vitamin D. This is a vitamin the body needs to stay healthy. While it can be taken as a supplement, getting it naturally is best. Although spending time in the sun is the best way to naturally soak it up, it is best to wear sunscreen while outside. The practice of wearing sunscreen can help keep your skin looking healthy and young.

Camping is Good for Your Sleep

Many claim that camping is a great way to ensure a good night of sleep, and research agrees. There are many reasons why camping can be good for sleep. Between being active all day while camping, the lack of distractions of the city, and a decrease in stress, deeper sleep can be easier to come by. If you are one who struggles with sleep, you may want to consider checking out a campground near you and put this theory to the test. If you are one who struggles with back pain, it may be wise to invest in an air mattress prior to your camping excursion.

With the fresh air of spring in sight, now is one of the best times to plan your camping trip.

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

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