I have been active in the outdoors all of my life. Camping is one activity I enjoy a lot. Hiking, fishing, dirt biking, and swimming were all parts of my family camping experience growing up. Now I enjoy ATV camping. I always knew the activity of camping was healthy and I recently found this article on the health benefits of camping and wanted to share it with my readers.
Health Benefits of Camping and Enjoying the Great Outdoors
By Tina Dean
Being in the great outdoors is a great way to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Camping is one of the best recreational activities and a favorite among families, couples and singles everywhere.
The benefits of camping vary for each person gaining something different from the experience like exercise, being with nature, gaining new skills, enjoying the fresh air, getting away from the routine of work and home life, meeting new people and much more.
Be Refreshed Weekend escapes are very popular for people who grow tired with their everyday lives and are looking for something out of the ordinary to do with some of their free time. You don’t have to go far to escape, most people will be able to find a campground, Caravan park or Holiday park within a few hours from home even if you live in the city. If you are in close to a campground you are more likely to go camping more often.
Exercise When you can go camping on a regular basis it will keep you going back to nature and it can also assist your fitness. You can do a range of activities that will keep you active like bush walking, fishing, swimming, bird and animal watching. If you want to relax start reading that book that you never got around to, take some photos or just enjoy your surroundings.
Family Camping is one of the best ways to get together with your family. With no television or computers activities such as setting up camp, fishing and cooking will keep everyone busy and spending quality time together. When the work is done there is plenty of fun activities such as camp games, maybe swimming, fishing and the campfire, and everyone will have a fantastic time and want to return.
Cheap Holiday Going camping is possibly your cheapest and most cost effective holiday option. The only extra cost is the fuel and the cost of the campsite. If you only travel for an hour or two your fuel cost will not be very much and it’s possible to camp for free or very cheap at some camp grounds. Camping in the bush, State Forests or National Parks are a very cheap option you can look into.
Relax with Nature If you are a nature lover, you can revel in the magnificent outdoors and enjoy some solitude and quiet. One of the best things about camping is that it is a simplified way of life and can be back to basics living if you choose too or it can be a camping trip with all the trimmings if you wish.
Socialise Camping is a very good way to meet new people. Campers and hikers are friendly people who often help each other out. This is a good opportunity to share time and experiences with people from all walks of life, which can be refreshing and interesting.
Tina Dean is the founder and editor of the family Friendly Oz Camping Guide. Her site specializes in information about family camping, including tips, checklists and suggestion for how to go traveling Australia. http://www.familyfriendlyozcamping.com.au/
Camping is a great activity for family and friends plus it is good for the mind and body. The total health benefits of camping may never be known because each person is different and each camping trip is a different experience. So get outdoors and enjoy the activity of camping, you will be a healthier person afterwards.