Many of us have enjoyed camping as an annual tradition alongside friends and family ever since we were children. Nights spent around the campfire telling scary stories, with plenty of s’mores, of course, will forever remain etched in our hearts as some of the best in our lives, and we look forward to creating more memories in the years to come. If the joy of it all weren’t enough of an incentive, we’ve also discovered that there are several mental and physical benefits to camping that have us even more excited to plan our next trip to the great outdoors. Read on to learn more about why camping has become our new favorite form of travel.
If only for a moment, camping offers us the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, disconnect from the digital world, replacing cell phones and Wi-Fi for fun and fresh air. The absence of everyday pressures combined with the tranquility of nature can help to clear the mind and calm the nervous system. Camping has even been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
From setting up camp to hiking local trails, camping is inherently physical, especially if you plan to include swimming or other outdoor sports in your itinerary. Though they may not feel like a workout in the traditional sense, these activities provide the same benefits to cardiovascular health and muscle strength as a run on the treadmill or session at the gym—no membership required.
Enhanced Sleep Quality
Light pollution in urban environments and constant exposure to screens can disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythm, making it difficult to fall asleep and decreasing sleep quality throughout the night. While not a permanent solution, a few nights away from artificial light can help to regulate the body’s internal clock so quality sleep comes naturally. Once you’ve returned home, it’s just a matter of maintaining this new rhythm.