With Easter fast approaching, many people are already planning their annual Easter camping trip. Spending time with family and friends in the outdoors makes us all feel good about ourselves, but do you really understand why? Sure, getting away from the office and spending time with loved ones will lower your stress levels and provide you with fun and challenging activities that we wouldn’t normally undertake at home. But camping is also extremely beneficial for your health, and spending time in the outdoors is an excellent way to add years to your life and give your kids plenty of long-lasting memories as well.
To give you a better understanding of how beneficial camping is for your health, we’ve compiled a list of the top benefits you’ll gain from camping trips.
- Clean air
Have you ever reached your campsite, taken a deep breath, and felt much happier about yourself? This isn’t just because you’ve started holidays and are no longer bound by a chair and computer, but because you’re surrounded by trees which have a high-capacity of oxygen. When your blood carries more oxygen, your brain functions better and releases more serotonin, a natural chemical which makes you feel happy and lowers your stress levels. Plus, there is minimal pollution in the air which improves blood pressure, digestion, and gives your immune system a boost.
Humans are social creatures who also idealise hard work and dedication to their job. Spending a large amount of time at work creates an imbalance caused by high stress levels and a lack of socialisation. Camping gives you time to let your hair down and socialise with loved ones without any distractions. Laughter can certainly the best medicine, and socialising has also been found to delay memory problems and enhance your lifespan.
Camping gives you a great deal of exercise whether you realise it or not. Walking, swimming, hiking, and fishing are all excellent forms of exercise that allow you to burn far more calories than walking from the printer to your desk. Even if you don’t allocate dedicated time for exercising while on your camping trip, you’re still constantly activating your cardiovascular system which is highly beneficial to the health of your heart and lungs.
Hopefully you’ll be getting some sunshine on your next camping trip which is very beneficial to your health. Sunshine is one of the best forms of Vitamin D that we don’t always get enough of when working at the office. Vitamin D allows your body to absorb calcium and phosphorous which strengthens your bones and teeth, along with improving your immune system and reducing depression. Spending time camping is an ideal way to enhance your Vitamin D count without even trying.
- Better sleep
There’s nothing better than getting a good night’s sleep, and camping offers the perfect opportunity for this. Sleeping under the stars in a comfortable bed with nothing but nature around you allows you to have better sleep which makes you more vibrant and healthy. Sleep is needed to keep your body and brain functioning properly, and the yellow flames of the campfire increase your melatonin levels, which is a chemical produced in your body that regulates sleep.
- Lowers depression & anxiety
Simply being around nature and seeing ‘green spaces’ has been found to lower depression and anxiety by up to 70%. Camping allows us to reduce the stress levels of our daily routine and break away from the chaos of life by enjoying the simplicity of nature. The reduction in the continual stimulation of technology also allows improves your psychological and emotional health.
As you can see, there are many reasons why camping substantially improves the health of your brain and body. Being in the outdoors and away from the stress of everyday life has many health benefits that will make you and your family feel stronger and refreshed when you eventually return home.
If you need any camping gear or equipment for your next camping trip, get in touch with professionals at TJM Australia by phoning 07 3865 9999. Alternatively, user their convenient store locator to find the TJM store closest to you.