Hiking, camping, even enjoying a picnic lunch in the fresh air of the mountains is a joy that too many do not pursue often enough, especially those who face cardiovascular troubles. Researchers and scientists are beginning to discover just how amazing the mountains are for your health. So, before you pack up your family wagon for that long trip out to the beach, traffic and city air, consider the following:
Camping and Heart Disease
According to research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, individuals who live at higher altitudes have a lower risk of dying from ischemic heart disease. While it’s yet to be determined exactly why this is true, researchers point to lower oxygen levels changing the way heart muscle function.
Camping and Obesity
There has long been a confirmed link between altitude and weight loss, but it has only been recently that researchers found that weight loss can be spurred by even a vacation stay in the mountains. While you’ll have to stay up north for more then just Labor Day weekend, scientists state that spending a week in the mountains can spur some serious weight loss and improve health.
Camping and Physical Activity
Hiking can burn as many as 500 calories an hour, and many hikes will take you far more then just one hour to complete. Hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing are some of the best sports you can do for your health. So be sure to pack those hiking boots and bear spray.
Camping and Stress
Fresh air is truly an amazing thing. We know now that air pollution from the city can not only cause a host of illnesses and diseases as we age, it can also impact the health of babies before they are even born. Air pollution and stress are two confirmed causes of heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. It would stand to reason that a vacation a way from the stress and air pollution would be good for your heart. Fresh mountain air equals less pollution. Fresh mountain air also means pine, which has been found to decrease depression and stress. No you can’t just buy a pine-scented candle for your office, you actually need to immerse yourself in the pine trees.
Camping and Sleep
I know a few people who would disagree with this statement, but fresh mountain air can also improve your sleep. The pine combines with lavender that grows at the base of pine trees, creating relaxation and restful sleep.
Camping and Longer Life Spans
Is it possible to live longer if you’re an avid camper? Researchers are still trying to answer that one, but there does seem to be a correlation between the Top 10 U.S. Counties for Longevity and the mountains. Seven out of the ten on that list were high-altitude locations.
No matter what your plans are for the upcoming Labor Day holiday, consider switching them to camping! At least consider plans that involved rest, relaxation, lower stress, and healthy activity and eating. And don’t forget your Cardio Juvenate!