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5 Health Benefits of Camping: Escape the Rat Race


If you are looking for another reason to get outside and into nature, then this article has got you covered. You need this break. Whatever is ailing you, school, work, family, friends, anxiety, or depression, you can find reprieve for yourself in the great outdoors. Without further ado, I give you 5 Health Benefits of Camping: Escape the Rat Race. You deserve it.

Let’s get started.

1. Unplug and Take a Break from Technology

We spend way too much time each day on social media, laptops, phones, and cars. It drains you of your energy.

If you look into the details of this site, you will not see any Google Adsense. I just have static ads on the sidebar. Why? Because there are too many distractions out on the internet today. People are constantly barraged by ads designed for them from their Google, Amazon, or Facebook searches. It is creepy. You shouldn’t have to deal with that. It also makes it more difficult to read the content here to the fullest.

All the different ways you can be connected are exhausting. A camping trip provides a rest from all of that. You need the break to reset your spirit. In nature, you will be thrown into a low stimuli environment. Not surprisingly enough, your body adapts. You calm down. Your heart rate falls. Anxiety dissipates.

Camping makes you feel better about yourself.

2. Fresh Air Fills Your Lungs

According to the EPA, indoor air quality is 2 – 5 times worse than outdoor air. Bleh! Stagnant air is not good for anyone.

Every day I go to UC Santa Cruz, I am grateful because I walk through the redwoods each time I go from class to class. It is refreshing. I feel better and primed for what my next professor is going to say. If I just got out of a stressful lecture, the redwoods hug me.

The outdoors have higher levels of oxygen, helping your brain to produce extra serotonin and cascading over all other parts of your body’s health. When you have plenty of oxygen, everything else in your body flows. It is easier to breathe. The red blood cells carry the oxygen to all the parts of your body, helping everything from your toes to the top of your head feel better. You get plenty of oxygen on a camping trip.

3. You Need Some Stress Relief

The endless scroll is not helping you. The YouTube rabbit hole is not good for you. When your time is constantly consumed by work, school, and the daily grind, you are living to work, not working to live. A re-balance is needed. You will be proud of yourself in your 80s if you take the time to get away from your problems for a moment.

Camping transports you away from the daily grind. Notifications don’t hammer at you. You can live in the moment and breathe a genuine sigh of relief. The next few hours look good. Life doesn’t have to be so bad. Nature gives you a hug and says, “there, there, everything is going to be alright.”

When you are in a green space like a national or state park, studies suggest the scenery can reduce anxiety and depression by up to 71%. Can we take a break for a moment and appreciate the magnitude of that? 71% is a big number. Camping strips modern life away of all its extra features to what you really need to focus on, life. You can breathe a satisfying sigh of relief without any repercussions.

4. Natural Light is Good for Your Body

When my Dad worked at National Semiconductor for fifteen years, he took vitamin D pills on a regular basis. He spent most of his days in an office cubicle with little natural light. He made really good money, but I do not think I could do the same as him. If he spent even one day a week hiking the mountains surrounding the Bay Area, then I am sure he would not have needed to take those pills.

On a camping trip, you create more Vitamin D, an essential vitamin for a healthy body. You need it to process phosphorous and calcium, essential ingredients for important bodily functions. If you want strong bones, then vitamin D from sunshine will get you there.

When you have more sunlight in your life, your body produces more serotonin. This neural chemical affects your mood, memory, digestion, and much, much more. It is no wonder outdoor time has been associated with reduced anxiety and depression.

5. You Will Sleep Better at Night

Because you are in natural light, you sleep better. If your sleep cycle is in tune with the sun, then you are calmer and more relaxed. This is clear. Because of the blue light from technology, smart phones, laptops, and television all too often keep us awake at night, ruining our sleep. On a camping trip however, there is a noticeable absence of these technologies. Your body falls in line again with our natural way of being.

On a camping trip, you also often exercise more. The sunshine motivates you to do more active things. You want to hike, kayak, mountaineer, mountain bike, wrestle, play with friends, and do all manners of activities. You work the muscles in your body, helping to relax you and slowing you down when it comes time for bedtime.

Are You Looking for Some Boots?

Congratulations! You just finished the article. If you want to experience the full benefits of camping, then you are going to need to actually go out and do it. Take five to ten minutes to think about where you want to go and what you will need to bring.

Undoubtedly if there is one thing you need to bring, it is going to be boots. If you want to scale the hill in front of you, then you are going to need a proper pair to protect your feet. Fortunately for you though, you have a previous article to read, The Best Men’s Lightweight Waterproof Hiking Boots of 2019 (do not fret if it is 2045 and this article still reads 2019; I update these types of articles on an annual basis :)). Check it out! You are sure to find the boots that work just for you.

If you have any thoughts, questions, or think I missed anything, do not hesitate to comment below and please share the article. Thank you so much and I hope you make it a great day!


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