The idea of camping is a great one. The fresh air, the time to spend in nature, the time to spend with your family and friends; it all adds up to something that many people love. However, there is a lot more to camping than simply enjoying it (although that is hugely important). Camping has a variety of other health benefits too. Here are some of them.
There will be challenges faced when camping – it’s not like booking a hotel room and letting someone else do all the hard work. Before you even set off, there is plenty of things to arrange such as how much food to bring with you, which tent is going to give you the most protection and checking out bestsplittingaxe.net to make sure you have the best tool you can get for chopping up wood. When you get to the campsite, those challenges will increase, often because they aren’t issues that you’ll come across on a daily basis. Working out how to solve these challenges is a great exercise for your brain, and a healthy brain leads to great well-being in general.
It may seem odd to think that sleeping in the ‘wild’ in a tent is going to lead to a better night’s sleep than you would get at home in your lovely, comfortable bed with a proper duvet and heating. However, it’s true! Camping has been found to re-set our biological clocks, allowing us to go to sleep at the correct time, sleep through the night, and wake up feeling refreshed. It’s all due to finally being able to adjust to natural light (or lack of it) instead of relying on electricity to give us a false timeframe and confuse our circadian rhythm. As it’s unlikely that you’ll need or want an alarm clock, you can sleep naturally and peacefully too.
More Vitamin D
Everyone needs a certain amount of vitamin D for their bodies to function properly. The problem is, in normal circumstances we don’t tend to get enough because we spend a lot of time indoors, hunched over computer screens or watching TV. Camping forces us to be out in the sunlight, and that’s where our main source of vitamin D comes from. Having the right amount of vitamin D means better moods and clearer mental ability amongst other things. Make sure that you also use protection against the sun if you’re out in it for extended periods of time though.
Most of us don’t get enough exercise, and the exercise we do get is contained in a gym or workout class. When camping, however, exercise is par for the course. When you go off exploring the area around the campsite, you should go to the woods, head off to the beach, or wherever else you choose to go. You should also do it by foot, and you’ll find that not only do you see a lot more than you would from behind a car window, you’ll also get a lot more exercise than you ever normally would. You might even decide to do a spot of (small) mountain climbing or go for a swim. It’s all good for you, so enjoy!