Getting away with the family can be something that we all look forward to. Our holiday is our handful of weeks each year when we aren’t working, and we aren’t worrying, and all we need to do is relax and enjoy ourselves. That sounds good on its own, but if you add a family camping trip to the mix then it gets even better. Camping is a great idea for so many reasons, and it can enable you to accomplish all those relaxation goals that you’ve been planning for your time away. It also means you can have a lot of fun, enjoy outdoor activities, and not have to spend a lot of money for the privilege. Here are some more fantastic reasons why camping is actually good for you.
Breathe In The Fresh Air
Once you have set everything up and you’re ready to begin your holiday, have you ever just stood there, in the middle of nature, and taken a huge, deep breath? If you haven’t, you should the next time you go camping. If you have, you’ll understand how wonderful that is. That is pure nature, utterly unhindered by the outside world, and it feels amazing. That deep breath signals the beginning of an incredible holiday, and the fresh air will wake you up, keep you feeling healthy, and push you onward to enjoy your holiday. Your brain will function better too. Why is this? When you are camping in the woods, you are surrounded by trees, which give off oxygen. The more trees you are around, the purer the oxygen you are breathing in, and this gives you a feeling of euphoria. Not only that, but fresh air aids digestion, improves blood pressure, and boosts the immune system.
When was the last time you spent quality time with your family? A time when you weren’t thinking and worrying about work, or what to cook for dinner, or when the groceries needed topping up, or which bills needed to be paid and by when? It was probably a long, long time ago. We live in a society where working hard is idealised, but when you go camping with your family, you will realise that hard work and money, although important, is perhaps not as important as you thought. Now you can socialise with your family, find out what they are going through and what they are doing, and enjoy being with them for the first time in a long time without being distracted by everyday problems. As a bonus, socialising in this way has been said to lengthen lifespans and delay the onset of any potential memory problems.
Camping is all about exercise. Not only is it hard work putting up the tent or setting up the motorhome, but once you have arrived, you will have plenty of opportunity for exercise. Swimming, hiking, fishing, boating, playing sports, playing in general, and much more. You will be burning off a lot more calories than you would if you were sitting in your office at work, or watching TV on the sofa. Your cardiovascular system will be activated and will start to work harder, so your heart and lungs will become healthier too. Just a few days of this kind of activity can make a big difference to your overall health. You’ll feel happier too, which will boost your immune system.
Camping is very much about making your own choices. You can choose where you go and what you do when you get there. You can choose how you get there and how you set up your camp. You can choose to hike to your campsite and stay for weeks, or you can drive and stay for a day after checking out awning deals & combo discounts to make things a little more comfortable. It’s all your choice, and that kind of freedom, and lifestyle where there is no clock watching and no schedule is hugely beneficial. It frees the mind and relaxes the body. Even if you have to go back to the daily grind and office meetings or school runs, you will have re-set your body and mind, and you will feel utterly refreshed and ready to face what lies ahead. Plus you’ll be a lot more productive when you’re doing it.
Get Some Sun
It doesn’t matter whether you are camping in a tent and sleeping outdoors or enjoying the home comforts of a campervan as long as you are getting out in the sunshine on a daily basis. Although too much tanning isn’t good for you, and you should remember to pack your sun lotion, the vitamin D that is found in natural sunlight is. Vitamin D enables our bodies to absorb phosphorous and calcium, both of which help to strengthen our bones and teeth. We don’t often get a lot of vitamin D, many people are vitamin D deficient, so the opportunity to top up naturally should never be missed.
When you are camping, you are not working around the clock, so you can go to bed when you’re tired and sleep until your body is ready to wake up. Most days an alarm clock is required because we need to be somewhere at a certain time. Sadly, because we try to grab as many waking hours as possible and stay up far too late a lot of the time, this means that we don’t get enough sleep, and the sleep that we do get is broken unnaturally. Over time, that is a bad idea because our bodies never get the chance to recharge fully. That’s why a holiday is a must at least once a year; without one we would become unwell. After a long day of enjoying the great outdoors, falling asleep won’t be a problem. Your body will repair and rejuvenate, and you’ll be amazed at just how good you feel come the morning. This great sleeping pattern can last long after your family trip is over as well, getting you into good habits for the long term. As a bonus, a campfire can also help to regulate your sleep; the yellow flames increase melatonin levels in your body.
Have you got a mountain of stresses back in the real world? They can disappear on a camping trip. Sitting in front of a roaring campfire, hiking through a forest, jumping into a gorgeously sparkling lake; these things will all remove your stress, at least for a while. If there is WiFi on offer where you are, try to resist the temptation to hook up to it. It’s better to spend time away from technology and not being connected to your social media accounts can mean you have a better holiday because you’re not trying to live up to the perfect image you portray on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Don’t check up on work emails either; what good will it do? Either you can’t do anything about the issue that may arise, in which case you’ll wish your trip away so that you can get back and deal with it, or you can do something about it, and you’ll spend your time in front of a computer screen. Neither option is good. If you’re on holiday, be on holiday. Taking a break is important.
When you are camping your meal options can often be limited because you will need to be able to cook things over a fire, or perhaps on a grill. Although it is possible to purchase