A recent article by UK camping and caravan-ing website (www.campingandcaravanning.co.uk) claims campers are much happier than non-campers.
Not just a promotional exercise, the article raises some good points about the lifestyle differences between campers and non-campers. If it’s true that campers are happier (93% of campers say they are, according to the article), perhaps it’s time for all of us to get back in touch with nature and go camping for our next holiday.
Benefits of Camping
Far too many of us feel the pressure and stress of long work hours and understand the effects this can have on our health. Unfortunately, in this day and age, long work hours, poor diet and lack of exercise all seem to go hand in hand. And most of us are pretty miserable as a result.
Taking time off and getting away from the pressures of everyday life has its benefits. A survey conducted by the website found that campers tend to be more satisfied, optimistic, happier and energised while non-campers tended to be more stressed, bored, frustrated and lonely.
One of the biggest benefits of camping is the opportunity to get back in touch with nature.
The fresh air, peace and quiet (or the noise of wildlife as opposed to traffic!), time away from the office… these are all wonderful reasons to go camping.
People have turned to nature for centuries as a much needed getaway. Nature has a wonderful ability to calm and restore mind and body. Many campers say camping creates happy memories, allowing them to recharge their batteries, appreciate nature and expand their horizons, as well as provide fun for the family.
Exercising in the Great Outdoors
When it comes to camping, the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor exercise is a big plus.
In addition, to promoting family togetherness, rest and relaxation, helping children learn, social interaction and creating memories and family traditions, camping opens up a world of exercise possibilities.
You can get some good old-fashioned exercise from hiking through the bush to rock climbing, gathering fire wood to swimming, or wading in a creek. And, unlike working out in the gym, it won’t even feel like you’re exercising!
It seems that campers may be onto something. Camping’s many benefits – from exercise to relaxation – make it worth packing up the tent and heading bush.
But camping’s benefits don’t come from a once a year trip. To really experience these benefits, try getting away as often as you can – your mind and body will be much happier for it!
There’s nothing quite like it to chill out, relax and remove all of the noise and distractions in our lives.
Written by Andrew Talati