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HEALTH BENEFITS OF CAMPING

Camping is a fantastic activity for individuals and families. It’s a fun and cheap way to travel and explore new places. Whether you prefer to be immersed in raw wilderness or favour the convenient surrounds of a holiday park, camping is a healthy activity that can be tailored to your preferred level of adventure.

Getting started camping can get expensive. We highly recommend you read our article on getting started. Most people really do spend their money on the wrong things and spend the most they don’t really need.

WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND ENJOY CAMPING

Here are several ways that camping improves your health and wellbeing. These points are very good reasons to start planning your next camping trip.

CAMPING PROVIDES AN ESCAPE TO THE OUTDOORS

Camping gets you outdoors and away from many of life’s mundane duties. It gets you out of the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, the traffic, and the office environment. Camping gives you an opportunity to sit back, relax, and stretch your legs in an atmosphere devoid of pressure and stress. You don’t really get the feeling until you go, and you always don’t want to come back. And you will want that feeling again.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WITHOUT EVEN REALIZING WHEN YOU CAMP

Let’s face it, most of us don’t like the gym or much of exercise. It is boring and there is nothing to do but listen to your iPod.Many of the activities that accompany camping, such as bush walking and swimming encourage adults and kids to be physically active and mentally alert. These activities also help to get kids outdoors and away from computer screens and games consoles. You will be exercising without even knowing.

CLEAR YOUR MIND AND GET BIGGER VISION

For many people camping acts like a reset button that wipes clean irritations and provides a refreshing, restart. It provides a peaceful and distracting environment where thoughts focus on the functioning of the campsite and pleasant outdoor activities. Viewing wide open spaces is good for your inner monologue. Looking at huge landscapes, stars in the skies and long distances are all good for your eyes and will open your mind. You will start having amazing dreams.

CAMPING FACILITATES SOCIAL INTERACTION AND FAMILY BONDING

In an age where social interaction is increasingly conducted through a computer screen or smartphone, it is a welcome relief for many to communicate with friends, family, and other campers face to face. Campsites usually facilitate a friendly, communal atmosphere that gets people talking.

Camping is a great way to spend quality time with friends or bond with family members. It requires good communication skills, organisation and cooperation. Camping encourages people to work together to maintain a functional environment and many of the skills learned through camping can be applied to daily life.

Whether you’re pitching tents, cooking dinner, or just lazing around a campfire, camping provides a relaxed but interactive atmosphere that fosters respect and appreciation.

CAMPING GETS YOU BACK TO NATURE

Most of us live deep within the concrete jungles of suburbia. Our daily exposure to nature and wildlife is often limited to a manicured garden and the family pet. Camping gets you back into the thick of the wilderness. Trees, water, mountains, beaches, and wildlife are usually features that strongly associate with a camping environment.

The peaceful natural sounds of water, birds, insects, and wind are refreshing reminders about the simple things in life and how important they are for your wellbeing.

CAMPING FOSTERS LIFE SKILLS FOR KIDS

Whilst camping provides a variety of benefits to the general population, camping is exceptionally beneficial to children and adolescents. From preparing meals to organising activities, camping teaches kids to be responsible, sensible, and to make carefully considered decisions.

Camping also teaches children to interact with others in a responsible and cooperative manner for the greater good. Many of these responsibilities are easy to avoid at home, but in a camp setting, children are usually excited to engage in campsite chores.

Camping is an enjoyable way to spend time with friends and family and it creates a fun and enticing atmosphere to learn valuable life skills. It’s great for your physical and mental wellbeing and will have you refreshed and fighting fit for the real world.

 


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Peter Hollingsworth
peterh@dinga.com.au

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.