The Fresh Air
- When you spend time near a lot of trees, you take in more oxygen. That feeling of happiness that you get when you take your first breath of air at the campground isn't all in your head--well, technically it is, but it's a release of serotonin from the extra oxygen. Your body can function with less strain when there's plenty of oxygen.
- Regular campers will often talk about how the first few days back from a trip seem happier. This isn't without merit; spending some time outside in the sunlight can even out the levels of melatonin in your brain. Melatonin is the chemical that makes you feel tired and can induce feelings of depression, so by camping, you can enjoy better overall moods during and after your trip.
- Camping also allows you to cope with stress. Stress can negatively affect your health in just about every way possible, and you're putting much less strain on your mental and physical faculties by giving yourself some stress-free time at the campsite. The lack of stress is related to the rise in oxygen levels, higher levels of serotonin and managed levels of melatonin mentioned above.
- Let's not forget the most obvious benefit of camping: you're spending a lot of time performing physical activities. Even if you're taking a fishing trip, you're burning more calories than you'd burn sitting around an office, and if you hike or bike, you're performing a cardiovascular exercise that will help keep your heart and lungs healthy. Your activity levels will vary, but hikers burn anywhere from 120-300 calories per hour.
- The Sunshine feels great on your skin, and there's an evolutionary reason for that. When you're out in direct sunlight, you're taking on a ton of Vitamin D, which allows your body to absorb calcium and phosphorous.
A Good Night's Sleep
- Assuming that you've got decent camping gear, you'll fall fast asleep after a day full of outdoor activities. Sleep has an effect on all of your body processes and can reduce inflammation, improve your cardiovascular system and help you stay alert. Many campers report better sleep cycles when they return for a trip.
- No two camping trips are exactly the same, and that's a good thing. Studies from the University of Texas and University of Michigan show that new experiences help to keep brains healthy. New activities that are both physically and intellectually stimulating have the greatest effect on brain health, and camping fits both of these criteria.
Decreases Depression and Anxiety
- Research has shown that green spaces can decrease depression by up to 71%. Camping allows us to break away from the chaos of life and enjoy the simplicity of nature. Clarity can be developed from the solitude of nature.