5 Science backed reasons why camping is EXTREMELY under-valued
2016 Men’s kayaking Trip (September 16–18th)
It has been 3 nights since returning from our annual Men’s Kayaking Retreat and I noticed something incredible…I have not used any sort of device (Alarm clock, cellphone, etc.) in order to wake my body up in the early hours. Strangely enough, my body has already acclimated to waking up early due to the camping trip. By simply cracking my windows open and slightly adjusting the blinds before falling asleep, I have nearly imitated natural ways that our body would typically react in the mornings to the stimuli of Sunshine and Air.
Enough about my personal discovery.
Here are 5 Science Backed reasons why YOU should spend a few days out camping.
#1 Fresh Air
As unthinkable as it may seem, fresh air is so valuable yet we take it for granite! That feeling of happiness that results from taking your first breathe of fresh air from the campsite isn’t all in your head! Research and studies have linked that happiness to a release in serotonin from the extra oxygen that is being consumed!
#2 Great nights sleep
After a full day of outdoor activities including, hiking, kayaking, swimming, fishing, you will quickly realize the amount of energy expelled near the end of the night when you’re snuggled up in a sleeping bag. Sleep affects multiple body processes. Reducing inflammation, improving your cardiovascular system and helping you stay alert. Many campers report a better sleep cycle when they return from a trip.
As counterintuitive as it may seem, camping is a great way to grow socialization skills. Although it is beautiful enough to camp alone. Whether it’s going camping with family, friends, or a loved one… escaping the worlds difficulties and troubles for a few days could dramatically improve your well being. According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, Socializing can [significantly] extend your lifespan and delay memory problems.
#4 Being in nature is purely good for your mood
Researchers at the University of Michigan found that just a few minutes walking in nature can reduce depressive symptoms! This problem is very common in urban areas. Another set of research from Stanford University found, spending time outdoors can help reduce “rumination” which is the obsessive, negative thinking that could potentially lead to mental health issues.
#5 Being outdoors increases exposure to vitamin D
Although each of us might argue with the thought that getting natural vitamin D comes easy. Many do not realize how many other people around them are surrounded by walls blocking them from any sort of natural vitamin. Many are working in cubicles or offices for several hours even forgetting what time of day it is because of the lack in stimuli that our bodies are naturally configured to. Studies show, receiving natural vitamin D may help prevent high blood pressure and heart attacks!
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