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Include Yourself in the Sunset for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

People can live their entire lives indoors these days if they want to do so.  Much of the work they do is tied to a desk or some other piece of furniture.  Long gone are the days when most people worked outdoors for most of their day and returned home tired and worn out.  A lot of the work they did was basic labor.  It was taxing and usually a pretty good workout.  People today toil away, for the most part, at jobs that are indoors.  They may be more likely to get cramps in their hands from keyboards.  For a good change, they could benefit from doing something outdoors.  Camping can be a good activity that may serve several uses in the way of helping people to get healthier.  

It May Mean More Fresh Air

People spend so much of their day indoors that many only know what that kind of air is like.  The EPA has said that many people spend as much as 90 percent of their time indoors breathing air that has two to five times the concentration of pollutants.  Camping can allow them access to somewhat fresher air.  It can provide one of those great experiences when they actually do it.

It May Help Relieve Stress

Most people deal with stress on an everyday basis.  It has become a fact of life.  As most know, it can contribute to accidents, illnesses, and a variety of general things.  Many people struggle to find some way to deal with it.  Camping may be one of the best ways to have a little relief.  Nature seems to have a way to take a lot of that stress and set it aside.  A University of Minnesota study found that things as simple as looking at nature can lower that stress level and bring about some good feelings.  A camping trip may be just the thing to help this.

It May Improve Relations

Our family loves camping.  We all have very fond memories of it, even when things didn't turn out so well.  I often tell people we have broken down all over the country.  We have found that dealing with adversity can help to strengthen the bonds we have.  Working for a common cause, as we do when camping, can fortify the family and help us to understand one another better.  It may do the same for you if you will dare to give it a try.

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

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