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Are you looking for an escape for you and your family? Plan a getaway to the great outdoors!
Picture yourself in the great outdoors. Can you hear the birds chirping and trees gently rustling in the wind, smell the sweet scent of clean air, and see the untouched landscape of natural beauty? It’s time to take a deep breath and enjoy nature.
Whether your hobbies include hiking, biking, water sports, or you simply enjoy relaxing around the campfire with a homemade meal, there’s something in the great outdoors for everyone!
But are there any other benefits to getting outside and enjoying nature?
Let’s explore some of the incredible reasons why you might enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy the secluded, peaceful outdoors!
Discover the Benefits of Escaping to the Outdoors!
Studies show that spending time outdoors has many proven health and wellness benefits. Check out some of the incredible ways nature can be healing!
Boosts Your Immune System
Did you know being around nature can help prevent you from getting sick?
When you spend time outside, your body absorbs vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to help fight diseases like cancer and osteoporosis, fight depression, and reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Even more, during the flu and cold season, germs are spreading rapidly. So finding fun things to do with the family isn’t easy when you are trying to avoid crowded places where germs might spread. That’s why many families choose to go camping rather than visiting a crowded amusement park, arcade, or tourist destination.
In the end, enjoying the natural world is a great way to stay healthy!
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Improves Short Term Memory
Did you know taking walks in nature can improve your short term memory?
One study showed that after a walk in nature, people could improve their short term memory by up to 20%! In contrast, walking in an urban environment didn’t help memory.
Improves Mental Health
Is your job stressful? Are your kids swamped with schoolwork? One of the best ways to combat stress is to take a trip to the great outdoors!
There has been extensive research done on the effect of nature and mental health. In fact, studies show that being exposed to natural environments and/or living near green space can reduce levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. Additionally, it may even improve children’s cognition.
Another study showed that nature could improve a person’s self-esteem and overall mood, especially if there is water nearby.
Decreases Heart Rate, Inflammation, and Cortisol Levels
Many people who experience chronic stress often have high levels of cortisol, an increased heart rate, and higher risks of inflammation throughout the body that, ultimately, weaken the immune system.
However, there is a simple and natural solution to this problem—get out in nature!
The soothing effects of surrounding yourself with nature can help you relax and reduce stress. And, like dominos, the rest of your health ailments will improve.
Camping isn’t the cure-all but it can improve a lot of health ailments naturally. Escape the distractions of everyday life and get outdoors!
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Helps With Fatigue and Cognitive Function
Is it difficult for you to concentrate on work? Do you feel tired all the time?
Vitamin D isn’t only an immune system booster. It’s also known for helping people feel less fatigued. In fact, just twenty minutes of natural sunlight per day can help you feel more awake!
Moreover, research shows that walking in nature improves cognitive function. In contrast, walking in urban environments doesn’t improve cognitive functions.
Urban environments are filled with stimuli that require direct attention, which can cause fatigue and mental fog. On the other hand, nature is filled with stimuli that do not require direct attention and allows the individual to observe their surroundings without stress.
As a result, regular visits to nature can make it easier for people to pay attention and focus.
In addition to the many health benefits of venturing to the great outdoors, nature is also known to be therapeutic. After all, the best therapy is fresh air.
Not only does nature aid depression, but it also allows you to escape the nonstop busyness of life and enjoy a peaceful escape.
Just imagine yourself sitting around a campfire with your friends or loved ones. Perhaps you are stargazing, swapping fond memories, or listening for nearby wildlife. While you are there, you leave behind all your concerns.
With clear, clean air and a peaceful, remote destination, you’ll love leaving the crowds behind. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find your new home in nature!
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3. Inspires Creativity
Are you an artist, writer, or musician? Would you like to try a creative activity?
A study conducted by the University of London showed that when people spent an immersive four days in nature, they increased their performance on creative, problem-solving tasks exponentially—by as much as 50%!
In other words, when you immerse yourself in a natural setting, you gain a cognitive advantage and increase creative ability.
Not to mention, when incredible views surround you, the artist in you may feel inspired enough to capture the scenic view in your medium.
4. It’s Addicting!
So we’ve established that getting outdoors and immersing yourself in nature has many benefits.
It inspires creativity, supports immune health, relieves stress, and more. Some may say that this is just too good to be true. However, here’s something that you can believe—camping is a blast!
Most people who go camping once want to go again, and again!
Camping is an escape from everyday stressors that can cause unnecessary tension and unhappiness. Spending quality time with loved ones around the campfire, and exploring your environment is a great way to remind yourself of what matters.
If you are looking for a hobby where you can spend time with family, rejuvenate, heal, and stay healthy, camping is the activity to do!
Want to Take a Trip to the Great Outdoors? Rent an RV!
Are you ready to escape the chaos and breathe in the fresh air? The most efficient way to camp is with an RV.
Though you are surrounded by nature, you still get all the amenities of air conditioning, heating, a freshwater toilet, a shower, a gas cooktop, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a generator to keep it all running.
Even better, when you rent an RV with Cruise America, you are guaranteed the lowest prices.
Start your RV adventure today, and find a Cruise America location near you!