Why Camping is Good For You
Camping, as we all know, is a fantastic way to leave the urban lifestyle behind and get closer to nature. But did you know that camping is associated with a surprising number of health benefits?
You perhaps wouldn’t think it, particularly given the wonderful camping feasts we all look forward to, but one of the many benefits of camping is improved physical and mental health.
So, let’s take a look at all the great ways that camping is good for you and can improve your life.
Camping Improves Your Sleep
- Whether you camp in a tent, cabin, or RV, you’ll already know how much better you sleep while you’re camping.
- According to research from the University of Colorado Boulder, spending a week in nature without artificial lighting can help us to reset our body clocks, allowing us to return to a more natural sleep-wake cycle.
- Most of us already know how grumpy we can get after a bad night’s sleep but given that a lack of good quality sleep is also associated with increased stress, high blood pressure, and even an increased risk of heart disease.
So, the next time someone tells you that you spend too much time at the campsite, you can tell them that it’s good for your health!
Camping Increases Vitamin D Levels
- One of the major issues of urban living is the lack of natural sunlight, which often translates to lower vitamin D levels.
- Vitamin D is vital for the distribution of calcium in your body, which you need to keep your bones and teeth strong. It’s also been found to reduce your risk of heart disease, and it may even help in supporting your immune system.
- And, of course, getting out in the sunshine has other benefits too, like improving your mental health. Just remember to use sunscreen on those sunny camping days!
Camping Encourages Exercise
Tent campers will be happy to learn that all of the sweat that goes into pitching up has its benefits. While RV and cabin campers might not have to huff and puff to set up somewhere cozy to sleep, every kind of camper will benefit from the increased exercise that comes with this type of holiday.
Whether you’re planning on a lazy weekend with on-site activities or an action-packed week, camping will get you moving more than if you stayed at home. The benefits of exercise range from better sleep and reduced risk of heart disease to improved moods and lower stress, meaning even the shortest walk to the leisure block and back can work wonders for your health.
Visiting Gold Country Campsite in the Winter
While you might not be able to pitch your tent up right now, RV and cabin campers can still enjoy everything Gold Country Campsite has to offer over winter. So, if you’re looking for a mid-winter getaway, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch with us today!