Most of us go on camping because we are tired of the big city's rush, we miss nature or, simply, we are outdoor enthusiasts. Whatever the reason behind is, this nature moments can help us live happier, longer and healthier life.
Read more to discover what benefits come along with camping:
Yes, go ahead and laugh, but did you know that about 90 per cent of the UAE's population suffers from Vitamin D deficiency?* Although we live in a sunny environment, our skin exposure is low, and that - believe it or not - leads to the major public health problems, as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, period problems, deppresion, etc.
30 minutes of a direct exposure to the sunlight allows your body to absorb almost a daily dosage of Vitamin D, 'sunshine medicine', which not only improves your mood by reducing the negative thinking, but also contributes to your body health - manages blood sugar, enhances immune system, improves concentration, learning memory and many more.
* according to data from the International Osteoporosis Federation and it co-relates with the local studies.
2. Good Night Sleep
Melatonin hormone, known also as the 'hormone of darkness' helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. Melatonin production is triggered by darkness and inhibited by light. This can explain why we have trouble with sleeping, jet lags, shift works or drowsiness during an office hours.
Scientists say, artificial light negatively affect our sleep patterns, and sleeping under the stars with a natural light will help you to wake up earlier and sync your internal body clock. What's interesting, the warm, yellow light of the campfire increases the level of melatonin which is perfect for the light therapy and it is being used as a treatment for sleep disorders as insomnia.
Remember, the more you abide by the sun's schedule the more likely you are to go to bed and wake up at the reasonable time.
Do you want to know more about sleeping under the stars?
Check our Sleeping Tips for Campers
3. Stress-free environment
I mean, yes, not knowing how to light up a fire can be very frustrating but it's still nothing comparing to a day full of orders, expectations and deadlines at work. Being outdoor simply allows you to remove yourself from the stresses of your career. The more time you spend offline the greater psychological and emotional benefits you will notice.
Unplugging yourself can be very difficult, especially when it's your first time, but it is possible.
Read more about disconnecting yourself and general rules of
4. Fresh Air
Take a deep breath and be overwhelmed by a feeling of happiness. Not only because you're out of work, but mainly because your brain functions better with the increased level of oxygen and releases serotonin, which makes you feel happy and lowers your stress level.
The more time you spend outside the less time you spend in the air-conditioned environment and that also means improved immune system and a chance to avoid problem with congested sinuses.
5. Healthy food
Well, mashmallows don't count.
Camping food is a bit limited, that's all true, but since you're the one to prepare everything from the scratch, why don't you try and pick up something that will promote healthy lifestyle and maybe got into a good habit of choosing what's best for your body and mind?
Not only Barasti can bring people together. Going camping with friends or loved ones allows you to spend so-called 'quality time' without distractions. Moreover, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health socializing can extend your lifespan and delay memory problems.
7. New Challenges
There are new challenges waiting for you everytime you go camping. Yes, that's right. No two campings are ever the same. Studies show that new experiences and activities keep our brain healthy by stimulating it both psychically and intelectually.
Let's not forget about the obvious benefit of camping: burning calories by spending time performing physical activities. The more time you spend away from your sofa or office chair the healthier your lungs and heart will be. Not to mention, research suggests exercising or simply moving regularly can even boost your mental well-being and combat an overworked body, mind and soul. And if you decide to go for a longer walk or hiking then your trek has the potential to burn well over 500 calories.
9. Good Mood
Yes, even if you woke up grumpy, go try it yourself. Being outdoor can really be crucial for you mental health, especially if you're having busy city life. By now you won't probably be surprised that another research* found that just a few minutes walking in nature can reduce depressive symptoms, which is common in people who live in urban spaces and rumination - the obsessive, negative thinking that could potentially lead to mental health issues.
* Researches done at the University of Michigan and Stanford University.