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The Outdoors May Boost Your Health

By Tom Herrin

Shaking things up in your routine can sometimes be the best way to make some good changes.  The standard things such as exercise, diet, and a few other things can still do plenty of good, but many people can't really buy in.  There are lots of other things that people can do to make some good changes.  An easy one, and a very natural one for many, is camping.  Getting out and enjoying the outdoors can be a great way to create that change of scenery that can give  people a fresh approach to improving health.  At the same time, it can do some good things for families as a whole.

It May Provide Some Good Fresh Air

The fact that most people breathe quite a bit of polluted air is no secret.  It is believed that most people spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors where pollutants may be two to five times higher than outside.  Many almost never get a good breath of fresh air.  When they go camping, chances are they will be able to get more of that fresh air.  It can be a lot different when they spend a little time outdoors.  That sudden shot of better air may seem a bit strange.

It May Help Deter the Blues

There is nothing really unusual about getting down once the warmer temps and longer days are gone.  Many people get a kind of depression that is referred to as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.  Some don't seem to get over it until spring returns, but it may be effectively dealt with by spending more time outdoors.  Even if the temps are cool and the days are short, it appears to have an uplifting effect on people.  The challenges associated with winter may provide the boost needed to cope.

It May Help Strengthen Families

So many of us run from place to place trying to get everything done that we often fail to make enough contact with those people in our lives who are most important.  When we do something such as camping, we may be able to tune out many of those distractions and focus on family.  We may be able to have a greater dependence upon one another.  Our family always enjoys camping even with its ups and downs.  It is relatively inexpensive and can usually be done somewhere close by.  In the Texas Hill Country, there are scores of places to go.  Many are not much more than a stone's throw away.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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