At this time of the year life starts to feel exhausting. Every day is an effort. The only thing getting me through the last few weeks is the knowledge that we have our annual camping trip to look forward to…
Now I know many of you will be saying: “No thanks, camping is not for me!” and the truth is I was one of you… BUT after my first camping trip I was a convert. This was due to so many reasons including the quality family time, peace, connecting with nature, time to read and great memories with friends.
That being said I’m definitely a “fair-weather” camper and only keen to sleep in a tent when the majority of the weather forecast is “sunny and warm”
This December we’ll be spending a weekend, and then another week, enjoying lazy days on the river and lingering nights in front of the campfire – and I can’t wait!
If you still need some convincing that camping is the best holiday you can have with your kids – read this round up of why camping is actually the best holiday you can have for your health!
Why Camping Is Important For Your Health
What makes camping wonderful is the fact that it also has numerous health benefits.
You Get Fresh Air
When you are out in nature in all its’ raw beauty, a simple deep breath fills your lungs with oxygen, straight from the trees that are located around you. This kind of fresh air is great for you. Your brain becomes more focused, you think more clearly, and increased oxygen content makes the brain release serotonin which lowers stress levels. Fresh air is also great for improving blood pressure, aiding in digestion and boosting the immune system.
You Get To Exercise
If you work an 8 to 5 job, the chances for you to exercise are very slim. When camping, you have no choice but to do a lot of exercise. From fixing your tent, fishing, hiking, building campfires, playing sports, there are so many different activities that are offered in most camping grounds and all this additional exercise has numerous health benefits, including maintaining the good health of your heart and lungs.
You Get to Socialize
This may sound cliche, but our society today has little room for human interaction. We are too focused on other things, and talking to 5,000 ‘friends’ you barely know on the internet has replaced our idea of socialization. A hug, a smile, talking or even skin to skin contact with members of your family is rare these days, and it has taken a toll on our health and overall development. Socializing helps delay memory loss and extends lifespans, and simply talking to someone lowers stress levels. Camping offers an opportunity to socialize away from the stresses of normal life. One of the great benefits of camping is a chance to spend quality time with friends while exploring new places. An amazing example of this is this tour near Mont Blanc where you can go trekking in three different countries for a short period of time, creating lifetime memories for you and your friends to cherish.
Lots Of Sunshine
Camping in the outdoors exposes you to lots of sunshine all day. It may sound surprising, but we hardly take in enough sunshine in our daily lives. Staying cooped up all day in an office or classroom not healthy at all. The sun is a great source of Vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium for stronger bones and teeth and is also known to help to reduce your cancer risk.
A Good Night’s Sleep
When you go out camping you get to sleep in as long as you like without worrying about your job, or whatever else forces you out of bed every day. Sleeping under the stars in the quiet of nature is soothing, and you will be guaranteed a good night’s sleep. Plus, camping is exhausting, so at the end of the day, you will probably just pass out for several hours. A good night’s sleep is essential for proper development and to keep the body functioning well. Plus, campfires produce yellow light, which triggers melatonin production. Melatonin regulates sleep and can improve your sleep cycles even after your camping experience is over.
The way camping works is that you get a limited number of food options to choose from for the duration of your camping. You will likely only get to eat food that can be cooked or grilled over campfires. This will give your body a break from fast foods! When going camping plan ahead so that you take along healthy food and snacking options.
Reduced Stress Levels
Camping has a way of pulling you away from the daily stresses of life and letting you be one with nature. Separating yourself from a stressful career for a while works wonders in reducing overall stress levels. Getting off the grid and unplugging from technology also improves your overall psychological, emotional and mental health.
You Get to Challenge Yourself
Our brains love new challenges. Camping provides opportunities for challenges and lots of activities that will stimulate your brain and make you think outside the box. This means that every camping experience is different, and if you go with an open mind, you will likely learn something new or discover something you never knew about yourself. This kind of stimulation promotes overall brain health.
Are you a camping family? Have you discovered the many benefits of this type of holiday? Share your camping tips in the comments below!
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