If you’re over 40, you may have teenagers and be at a loss to figure out what to do with them on the weekend.
You’re probably tired of doing any of the following with the family:
- Having the kids’ friends over for slumber parties
- Taking them skating, bumper cars, carnivals, and water parks where there are often hundreds of people
- Going out for dinner
- Going out for movies that are a little questionable, but you don’t know this ahead of time
- Spending time in the money, as well as the hard-earned money you bring home in a salary
- Always feeling that you have to outdo yourself every weekend
The #1 Activity To Consider Is Family Camping!
If you’re concerned at all about their future health, do consider this idea: family camping.
The reason why family camping is the best idea for their health was proven just recently in March 2011 in the International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology. This discovery came before the Japanese earthquake hit the area.
And there’s one thing you should know about Japan that you may not know already:
Researchers at the Department of Hygiene and Public Health at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo discovered that the trees released a natural substance called phytoncides.
These phytoncides activated natural killer cells and anti-cancer proteins for more than 30 days in the human subjects!
And that’s not all.
The phytoncides also decreased stress hormone levels for more than 30 days, too.
Now, the researchers didn’t take the study participants camping. Instead they took them to a beautiful forest park and left them there for only a few hours.
So imagine the benefits to your family if you go camping with them overnight. You’re essentially programming their bodies to kill cancer cells.
And that’s not all.
Real Benefits Of Camping For Those Under And Over 40
Going camping with your family has other benefits, too. Here’s a short list of some of them:
1. Serious Bonding
Great bonding experience for everyone. Years later, you’ll all look back at “that camping trip when Dad burned all the food… or Mom was so scared of the skunk that she screamed so loud and everyone came running.”
Healthy for the parents, too, since cancer tends to hit those over 40 more often than the younger generations. (It’s those phytoncides.)
3. Survival Skills
Teaches kids how to survive on their own away from the modern conveniences of life, a skill that may become useful in times of unpredictable disasters, thus increasing your child’s ability to survive.
Camping is one of the most cost-effective hobbies of all, after you have all the camping equipment. You can drive to the campsite. There are no hotel costs or airline costs.
Meals are pre-planned ahead of time, and even if you purchase food in a nearby town, then you’ll still save considerably more money than you would if you had to eat out at restaurants.
5. New Friends
You’ll meet new friends at campsites when you go family camping.
6. Become A True Nature Lover
Your whole family will love nature and learn to seek quiet and a little solitude.
This is especially important because as your kids get to the over 40 age group themselves, they will recall what it’s like to seek for that solitude. The solitude can be very healing.
7. Activity And Exercise
Camping gets you moving. Between putting up a tent, hiking, collecting herbs or berries in the forest, and swimming or horseback riding, you’re getting a lot more activities than you would at home. Thus, it’s a chance to stay fit.
Where can you take your family for your next family camping outing? Start planning today!