There are many reasons why being outdoors for a fast medical recovery actually works.
By Mia Johnson
There are numerous reasons and benefits of being out on the open, especially somewhere where the air is clean and the weather and temperature is just right. From time to time we all need to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and from a stressful working environment, however, when you need to recover after surgery, there is no better way than heading outdoors. Camping and generally being outdoors is extremely beneficial, and it has a way of making us feel serene and rejuvenated, and actually makes it a therapeutic escape from the repetitive daily life. If you are looking for ways to get back on your feet after a medical procedure, dwell no more and head out to nature.
A productive stress reliever
After having spent days or weeks in the hospital, you might have had that sense of too much. Too much of noise, too much of people running around, machines buzzing, and even too much of worrying friends and family coming to see you. For that reason, you undoubtedly need to unwind and continue your medical recovery in nature. When you are out on the open, there are no ongoing sounds and people roaming around, you are basically free to relax and totally relieve from all the commotions that you have had. Stress makes you vulnerable and more prone to relapse, so camping represents a fantastic form of stress reduction. If you need to recover from surgery, you need to have a tranquil state of mind, and there is no place like nature.
Camping is an ideal place for doing exercise and boosting your stamina, especially after surgery or some other medical therapy. Of course, if your incision is still “fresh” you won’t be jumping, running around, and going climbing. On the contrary, whatever type of procedure you might have undergone, doing some form of mindful exercise in nature and in the fresh air is utterly advantageous. Whether you are camping in a tent or going to nature in the RV you can find a place near the river and go fishing or swimming. You can even do some mild water aerobics, as well. Next, you can scavenge the environment and every morning and evening go for a nice stroll or a bike ride. Let’s not forget about doing mindful yoga and meditation which can surely help you recover both mentally and physically. All in all, you’ll certainly get more exercise that’s good for your general health outdoors than just sitting in the house.
Improve your health and food intake after surgery
Success and maximum results of any form of medical procedure is a must. In order to get the best results from weight loss surgery, for instance, you need to pay attention to your food intake. You may feel weak and tire easily, but in nature, there are innumerable healthy food produce. Focus on both having a safe and fruitful recovery and eat healthier food. Nature and outdoors allowing you to keep good track after your food intake and eat more quality foods. In nature, obviously, there is no pizza delivery or options to succumb to fast food and empty calories. So, you will be able to watch your nutrition and have a steady and positive recovery after weight loss surgery. Lettuce wraps, oatmeal, whole grain toasted bread, canned meats of tuna and poultry, and all the fruits you can get. If you are in early stages of recovery, you may struggle to digest some of these foods, but since you are going to be in the fresh air, and you are going to walk, you’ll get better in no time.
Natural vitamin input
Fresh air, sunlight, the sensuous refreshing smells, birds chirping, all of that and many more things contribute for absorbing vitamins, positive energy, and serotonin. If you have ever thought that medical recovery can only be a tedious and nerve-wracking process, you’ve thought wrong. When you head out to nature, even better camping for more days or weeks, you will immediately refill with positive energy and you would even enliven your vitamin D intake due to the mild exposure to sunlight. Getting enough vitamin D by being in the sun, walking outdoors, and simply chilling out in front of your tent may even help you absorb phosphorous and calcium, which is very good for your bones especially if you have aches after surgery. You will feel happier because the serotonin affects your cheerful mood, thus improving your digestion, memory, and many more.
Recharge your mental and physical state
Scientists have even proven that a slow walk among the trees improves human health conditions because people tend to feel better and heal faster when they are outdoors. That is why camping and staying out in the open for a longer period of time can boost both your physical and mental condition. When you go to nature, you need a to walk, and by regular walk, you will feel and hear the marvellous thing that the mother nature has to offer. Walk improves your physical state and indulging in the environment improves mental. Try meditation as one way to connect with nature, and try Pilates as one form of mild exercise for a better medical recovery.
After a certain medical procedure and surgery, you will have loads of free time that you must spend on recovery. By engaging in some creative and prolific activity when you are in nature, your medical recovery will sure pass fast. You can go camping with friends, have a picnic together and sit together in front of the campfire playing the guitar and singing. Go on a boat, explore the waters, and sunbathe. Take up photography as a hobby, and take mesmerizing photos of luscious and wonderful nature around you. But get disconnected from the technology, and unplug your tablet and other appliances, only leave your mobile phone on for urgent calls. Only then can you get truly creative and engaged in the fun outdoor activities. Your medical recovery will pass much quicker than you know it.
When you are immersed in nature and connected with a fresh and clean surrounding, you will inevitably improve your physical health and boost your medical recovery.