Hidden Benefits of Camping

As long as campers set themselves up for a relaxing getaway, the potential for a stress-reducing trip is very attainable.

When we go camping we spend most of our time outside. Mentally focusing on all the things that make you feel great outside can do wonders for your mind, body, and soul. Life pauses and stress levels drop making it a fantastic time for your body to have a break.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Edisto Island State Park, South Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Edisto Island State Park, South Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When we go camping we simplify, subtract, and strip back from our normal cluttered and hectic daily lives. This gives us more opportunity to get in touch with nature, find some solitude and time to switch off, and simply to breath.

This space and clarity allows us to see everything in natures playground, listen to it speak, and be reminded of how amazing it all is. This in turn helps us put everything else into perspective.

Being outside in the fresh air also seems to heighten our senses, which can bring more rewards. Food tastes better, air smells cleaner, and the birds and nature sound clearer.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Monahans Sandhills State Park, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A byproduct of camping is the physical nature of setting up the camp, hiking, and typical environment enjoyment.

Leave your worries behind you. Focus on the simplicity of your current situation without reflecting on work, concerns, or anything else that may negatively affect your experience.

Appreciate the small, seemingly insignificant parts of the living world around you: light shining through a dew droplet just before it crashes to the ground, or maybe the simple elegance of a butterfly as it flutters from flower to flower. Notice how the slight breeze affects its flight, yet not its mission.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Gulf State Park, Alabama. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Gulf State Park, Alabama. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The feeling of being calm, appreciating the simple things in life, and knowing that things do not have to be complex all the time allows one to have a more positive and clearer outlook or perspective in life. Camping also gives an emotional rest from all the emotional expense from the usual day to day life.

Ensure your gear is organized and in working order before your trip. Eliminate all potentially frustrating situations prior to your adventure.

There is nothing worse than having a camping trip ruined by a scraped knee. Bring along a basic first-aid kit outfitted with bandages, gauze, and anti-bacterial cream. Also make sure it has insect repellent and some cream to help relieve the itch of bug bites.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Lynx Lake near Prescott, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Lynx Lake near Prescott, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Take a walk, ride a bike, or sit on the edge of a lake or river to clear your mind. Simply focus on the “here and now” to get the most out of your experience.

Camping will not only get you outdoors and enjoy nature, but it also has some awesome impacts on your health.

Modern life as we know it is full of the Internet, social media, work, demands, mobile phones, pressure, and deadlines. This has an impact on our bodies by getting it to produce extra adrenalin to deal with it all. Having this reaction is normal since the body is built to deal with it, however, what isn’t good is not taking time away from it all to give the body time to recover. Camping helps our systems recover ready for the next challenge.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When we go camping we have more opportunity to get involved in hiking, biking, fishing, and simply doing what we enjoy. Exercising and moving is simply one of the best ways to combat an overworked body, mind, and soul, in an over committed lifestyle.

Many camping activities can be a good form of exercise. Walking and hiking help improve circulation, strengthen and pump up the heart, help in lowering blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart problems.

Back pains, eye strains, muscle aches and headaches, sluggish circulation that increases the risks of heart problems and heart attacks are just some of the results of too much stress. Any form of outdoor activities such as camping has been proven to reduce the level of stress in the body. This allows the body to recuperate and regain the energy lost.

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Pictured above Stephen C. Foster State Park, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping is an effective and cost efficient form of outdoor activity. Camp out and experience the many health benefits of camping and at the same time enjoy the beauty of nature.

Worth Pondering…

When your spirit cries for peace, come to a world of canyons deep in an old land; feel the exultation of high plateaus, the strength of moving wasters, the simplicity of sand and grass, and the silence of growth.

—August Fruge

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