The Health Benefits of Camping

The Health Benefits of Camping

More Than A Fun Activity 

We, like many others, love camping! If you ask someone who loves camping why they enjoy it so much, you will probably get a wide range of answers, including the simple and true answer, "It's fun!" However, did you know that camping is so much more than a fun activity? It actually improves both your mental and physical health, which is why so many are drawn to taking another camping trip soon after returning from one! 

The Health Benefits of Camping

1. Stress Relief

According to the American Heart Association, going camping and being out in nature is a great stress reliever. Natural sights, fresh air, and vitamin D all contribute to relieving stress. It also helps reduce anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing!

2. Better Sleep

As stated on WebMD, camping has been linked to improved sleep. After conducting a small study, researchers found that being exposed to natural light and spending less time on your phone or laptop while camping, helps reset your body's natural clock. The sounds of nature lulling you to sleep at night are also a contributing factor!

3. More Exercise

Exercising does wonders for your physical and mental health and when you go camping, you are naturally more active. Setting up the tent, walking around the campsite and to and from the washroom, cutting up firewood, going on nearby hikes, participating in actives like kayaking, you name it! All the exercise will help fight fatigue, help you sleep better, boost your energy, and improve your mood!

4. The Ability to Disconnect

Disconnecting from your phone and the world of social media provides stress and anxiety relief in itself. In addition, having the time to clear your mind and focus on what you’re experiencing in the current time and at the current moment allows you to feel at peace. When you are at peace and mindful, you are happier, more relaxed, and less likely to feel the effects of stress.

5. Boosted Creativity

When we do the same thing again and again, our minds are no longer engaged and working at their best. The great thing about camping is you will always be facing new challenges, and new problem solving opportunities help keep your brain sharp and your creativity levels high. Not only that, but being in nature has been proven to boost creativity and the ability to focus!

So, what are you waiting for? It is time to start planning your next camping trip! Your mind and body will thank you!

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