Why We Love Camping (And You Should, Too!)
The great outdoors can be an unforgiving, dreadful, and uninhabitable environment. It is also what human kind has called our home for thousands of years. In modern society, stress from work and daily tasks has made the household an increasingly less healthy and productive place. If you’ve experienced stints of Biophilia, or the extent to which humans are hard-wired to connect with nature, you may be showing signs that your life needs the excitement of the wilderness.
As qualified experts, we recommend a monthly dose of camping. Known side-effects include:
1) A Boost in Vitamin D Levels.
Exposure to sunlight will activate your body’s natural production of Vitamin D. Sometimes referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that affects as many as 2,000 genes in your body. As a primary benefit, Vitamin D also helps reduce your chances of disease and strengthens bone integrity. Vitamin D also helps regulate the absorption of calcium, phosphorous, and improves normal immune system functions. It is quite funny to think that these benefits are a result of relaxing in the sun.
2) The Urge to Exercise.
Heart disease and other major health problems stem from our eating habits and an overall lack of exercise. The mundane tasks of our ancestors did not include the option of sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, but rather repetitive tasks that required constant movement. Gathering firewood for a camp, setting up your tent, fishing, scavenging are all normal tasks that are considered fun excuses for exercising.
3) Being Happy.
Unfortunately, one additional symptom of the outdoors is a boost in happiness. Rest assured, this is not a terminal disease. Natural lighting, oxygen, and physical activity all have the ability to increase serotonin levels in the body. We recommend that you reduce or minimize the amount of outdoor activities if you do enjoy the mundane lifestyle.
4) Improvements in Problem Solving and Concentration.
Being exposed to the outdoors has been shown to increase the focus of kids and adults suffering from ADHD. According to the University of Wisconsin, ADHD can be associated with a human gene that is linked to better health among our nomadic ancestors. Constant movement and geological changes required our ancestors adapted behavioral traits to a constantly changing environment.
5) Resetting Your Natural Sleep Cycle.
Subtle elements around the house can alter your natural Circadian Rhythm sleep cycle. The artificial lighting (such as the glow from electronics) is detectible by your body and can be perceived as “daylight”. These outside elements can force us into a different sleep pattern. By eliminating the exposure of artificial light, you are synchronizing your internal clock with the light-dark cycle. You will go to sleep shortly after the sun goes down and wake at sunrise.
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