5 Health Benefits of “Instant Camping”

5 Health Benefits of “Instant Camping”

If there were a Nobel Prize for camping, it would have to go to the genius who came up with the “instant tent.”

These unfolding beauties are available in a range of sizes and prices from most department stores or outlets that sell outdoor gear. Pitch one in your backyard, and you and your kids can camp out under the stars with next to zero packing, unpacking, and with all the comforts of home just steps away.

Imagine sharing scary stories while roasting marshmallows on the barbecue and eating s’mores huddled around the warm glow from a lantern. And if you’re eating marshmallows, remember that moderation is key. As a dad, these are the priceless moments you’re going to cherish and that your kids will remember forever. The best part is that instant camping also leads to a number of health benefits:

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1. Being social

Studies show that strong family bonds and other social connections improve your mental wellbeing and can help guys live longer. Plus, you can’t tell ghost stories to yourself, right?

2. Unplugging

Sure, your instant tent may get Wi-Fi, but that doesn’t mean you have to connect. Shrug off stresses that can negatively affect your mindset and make your backyard campsite a phone-free zone. It’ll be that much easier to enjoy the moment!

3. Better sleep

Sleeping and waking according to the sun’s natural cycle has been shown to improve overall sleep quality. Rise and shine!

4. Trying new things

Setting up your instant campsite may not offer much of a physical workout, but it delivers plenty of brain-boosting value. Studies show that new experiences like this help keep guys’ brains healthy and sharp.

5. Getting some sun

Spending time in the summer sunshine provides a healthy dose of vitamin D, which is important for keeping your bones strong and your immune system purring. Just make sure everyone uses sunscreen.

 

Do you have any camping tips you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!

 

References:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/04/socializing-appears-to-delay-memory-problems/?_r=0

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/05/05/309006780/learning-a-new-skill-works-best-to-keep-your-brain-sharp

Lucky Winner! Men’s Health Week Contest

Lucky Winner! Men’s Health Week Contest

Do you love golf? How does a trip for 2 to play Angus Glen Golf Club in Toronto, new Nike Vapor golf clubs, and $1000 cash sound? That’s the grand prize, Chris T from Drayton Valley, Alberta claimed as part of our Ultimate Father’s Day Golf Giveaway. Congratulations, Chris!

The contest was part of Canadian Men’s Health Week, which was hugely successful in motivating close to 57,000 Canadian guys and their families to commit to living healthier.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and helped to spread the good word for Canadian Men’s Health Week and stay tuned for more contests on our website. A special thanks to our participating sponsors, Rexall and Give Golf.

Getting to know Chris, our prize winner:

When we chatted with Chris, we were blown away by his enthusiasm and learned that he is making great efforts to be healthy every day. We thought, he may even have a thing or two to share with other guys looking to better their health.

Check out our Q&A, below:

  • Is your health important to you and why?
    Yes.  If I don’t have my health then I can’t work and I can’t be there as a support for my wife.
  • What steps are you taking to get/keep healthy?
    I go to the gym 3-4 days a week. I joined the local golf club. My job is very physical as a gas fitter so I get in a lot of exercise and movement that way. Eating healthy too, of course!
  • Best advice you have for other men wanting to live healthier?
    Start slow – even if it means starting with walking. It’s all about baby steps. Don’t take on too much at once. The hardest thing to do is just getting started and once you do, it gets easier.

Chris is an avid golfer and after hearing that he had won, he couldn’t wait to book his trip. Our team hustled to coordinate all the details for Chris and his buddy to hit the green this weekend. We even managed to pull some strings for an extra surprise – shhhhhh.

Stay tuned on Facebook or Twitter to see photos and we’ll reveal how we surprised Chris!

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