Camping should be a must have on your bucket list. We find ourselves in the ultimate urban loop of the mundane routine day in and day out. This takes a toll on our body, mind and spirit. Camping is a joyful and healthy activity to carry out for families as well as individuals. It has its own advantages that are particularly instrumental for children. The essence of the camping spirit is beautifully articulated in a quote from one of our favorite books.
Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
-Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer.
Let’s go through some of the various health benefits of camping:
- Leaving your worries behind:Camping is an excellent way to escape your city life stress. Between responsibilities concerning work, family and correspondence, we don’t give ourselves a fare share of relief. Camping allows you to break the monotonous city cycle and rejuvenates you with the crisp pure air of the woods. A single night stay camping can do wonders for your emotional and mental state. Campers swear by it.
- Improvement in sleeping pattern:Did you know that a research conducted by the University of Colorado Boulder has confirmed that camping can re-set our biological clocks. This is particularly helpful for the night owls amongst use. Camping helps us adjust our sleeping pattern according to the natural light as opposed to the artificial lights we use daily back home that are the causative factors for biological clock disturbances. In the woods, you sleep when it’s dark and wake up with the rising sun, restoring your biological clock, which means your gastrointestinal motility and secretions will come back on track along with your sleep.
- Reducing dependence on technology:Not that technology is a bad thing, but we witness people addicted to their smart-phones, and if they’re not using that, then it’s the computer or the iPad they are busy tapping their fingers on. If they’re uncharged, TV is the last resort. We might be one of them.
How often do we just spend time being a person, or sitting by your own self, just simply experiencing life without the continual indulgence in electronic gadgets that many of us admittedly can’t keep away from? Camping gives you a little taste of how your ancestors once lived and allows you to reconnect with nature. We learn to find better ways to spend our time, consequently reducing our itch for technology.
- Camping uplifts your mood: Camping has been known to stimulate serotonin in your brain, the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness. Exposure to natural elements like the fresh air, the sun and soil has their own benefits. The sun helps us make vitamin D which is necessary for calcium absorption. Fresh forest air has high oxygen for increased respiration and energy. Additionally, a microbe called Mycobacterium vaccaeacts as a natural anti depressant without poising any adverse effect, thereby making you happy!