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8 Ways Camping Enriches Your Life

Feeling brain dead? Check into Hotel Wilderness.

Corissa Haury
Nov 11, 2013 · 5 min read

John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” That’s true for your mind and body. Travel and life outdoors are how the human species naturally began. It is healthier and has more benefits for the human body than living indoors. While permanent outdoor travel in modern day life wouldn’t make much sense, we can still find a wild place and go camping.

Everyone needs to travel and camp at least once. If you’re spoiled and prefer to use a hotel when you travel, forget it. You will feel good when you camp. It enriches life and adds positive physical rhythms to it. Pack up and find a place to sleep under the stars. Why is this so good for you? A few reasons:

1. It resets your body’s biorhythms

2. It forces you to problem solve

3. It makes you cook for yourself

You’ll have to cook for yourself on a camping trip.

When you cook for yourself, you consume 50% less calories. Making your own food can also increase longevity. A camping trip will require you to choose the food you’re going to bring. Choose healthy foods that will give your body good energy while you’re camping. You will need that real strength to be alert outside. You have to decide what to eat, which means that you’re more likely to make a healthier choice than if you ate out at the restaurant.

4. It keeps you in the moment

5. It gets your body moving

Give your body a challenge in the outdoors.

Your body needs exercise, and if you don’t exercise regularly hiking and camping can be great ways to do so. Walking, carrying a backpack, and sometimes different terrain can all give your body a great workout in the fresh air. Burn calories and get your body into the wild where it belongs.

6. It takes you away from digital screens

7. It keeps you humble

8. It creates a healthier social atmosphere

Talk to people, face to face.

Outdoors on a trip with friends or family is the perfect time to interact face to face. The camping group must act as a team during many parts of the trip. The team mentality brings everyone together in order to build camp at the end of the day or make a decision about which trail to follow at the fork in the road. There are no emails or texts that need to be sent during dinner or over the campfire; interaction can be organic and human. Everyone can enjoy the outdoors together on a camping trip.

Still skeptical? Read more about camping outdoors and its benefits here and here. Don’t forget to check out Outside Magazine for more fun articles on outdoor living.

Corissa Haury is a writer in Maine. Follow her on Twitter here.

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Writer of many things including my own fiction, and work for Women Write About Comics. Anxious, honest, curious, silly. Always learning.