Being Outdoors For a Fast Medical Recovery

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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.

 

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Mindful exercise

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.

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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.

 

Get inventive

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.

 

Guest Author

Fitness expert and DIY junkie! A native to Melbourne, I now live in Sydney, Australia where I spend my days writing and taking care of my 900 square feet garden.

34 thoughts on “Being Outdoors For a Fast Medical Recovery

  • May 25, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    I believe that changing air is most important to live well. Camping helps us to make our body and mind refresh. Thanks to Camping for Women for sharing such this wonderful article.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    I haven’t been camping since I was a kid. It is definitely a refreshing experience and I’m not surprised at all that it is helpful to recovery.

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  • May 2, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    I think being outdoors really helps to reset the body and the mind. great read!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Camping outdoors has always been a favorite hobby of mine. I feel at peace when I’m able to truly connect with nature and take in all it has to offer. Great post and incredible photos. Thanks for sharing!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Thank you for sharing. I knew I was right when had stresful moments in my life to go outdoors with my family is the best time to enjoy yourself and get out of stresful routine.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    I feel like I could use some time away. I spend way too much time online and not enough time outside. Sounds like a great way to reset and recharge.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    I think trying to find foods that get all of your vitamins in there is an important thing. Getting out there and camping and being in nature is very healing for me as well. Definitely feels better.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    I totally agree with this – I always feel most at peace and happy when I’m in nature, and going for hikes (or skiing in the winter) is probably the most effective stress relief for me. Unfortunately we don’t have many options by way of being outdoors here in Chicago, but we are planning on moving to the PNW next year so we can be closer to all of that!

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  • May 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    I had never thought of going camping as a way to recover from a medical surgery, but it would sure be relaxing and I can definitely see the fresh air being good for you!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    I think that it makes sense that being outdoors is good for your health. There are some places near me in Upstate NY where people would go to be healthier. While a lot of those older places were related to respiratory issues, it really does something for your health..

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  • April 30, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    I enjoy being outside and being in nature but I haven’t tried camping yet. It is on my bucket list.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    I think that going outside is one of the biggest healers for me. Often, when I’m inside, I’m too focused on any pain that I have, but when I have something fun and different to look at, I feel so much more refreshed.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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    Wow! This wonderful blog is such a revelation to me. Camping and hiking are so new to me. I have never done it so this has been great to learn. I enjoy being outdoors but it was just never on the cards in the past.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    I am not sure there are any downsides to being outside.
    It is the cheapest food for the soul.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    I love being in nature. I live with chronic illnesses and I have noticed that I feel better when I am in natural surroundings away from city life.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    We love camping! So great to get fresh air and recharge in the outdoors.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 10:13 am
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    I do believe in the magic of nature! Spending time outside has always been a great stress buster for me!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    we have not camped too often but when we have (thanks to my son and daughter’s scouting activities), we truly enjoy it.. it is such a wonderful break indeed and we came away feeling much refreshed and rejuvenated.

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  • April 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm
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    Camping is one of my most favorite things to do! Being outside, the vitamin D, the natural stress relief and sense of being!

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  • April 29, 2019 at 6:01 am
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    I had a surgery once and only had one week rest before going back to work. But like you suggested, I am more careful in my food intake. Having a healthy diet definitely helps. I wish I spent more time in nature though. It is not too late now, is it?

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  • April 28, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    I love camping because I get to be away from the hustle and bustle of the busy life and enjoy nature.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    My husband could have written this! He loves the outdoors and few things refuel him like spending time outside. Love the reminder to eat natural foods for medicine and get outside for a peaceful reset.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    I definitely needed to read this. Being outdoors regularly does loads for your physical and mental health.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Such a great suggestion for recovering after surgery by reconnecting with nature. I totally believe staying outdoors helps manage stress and will make the recovery process faster. Camping and relaxing with friends sounds like the perfect way to get your health back.

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  • April 28, 2019 at 5:14 am
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    Being outdoors is a great antidote to illness and aging. I love being in nature and taking long walks with friends and family.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    I really enjoyed your article on spending time outdoors when healing from a medical procedure. I really could not agree more. I have been saying this for years and I am so happy to know that others feel the same. There is just something about being out in nature when you’re healing.. From anything. A procedure, depression, addiction.. The outdoors really grounds you and heals you.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 2:58 pm
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    Makes me feel like I need to start preparing for camping soon. Indeed, it can be so refreshing and camping also offers a good environment to unwind and exercise mindfully.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 2:07 pm
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    That is most definitely true. The kind of relaxation that outdoors and nature gives is so tremendous that it can really help recover from, may it be physical or mental illness. Fresh and healthy food is also so very necessary, esp., in this age of junk & fast food.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    If I could, I would want to live in a property with large open spaces that will allow me a fantastic view of nature. I could camp out everyday and watch the stars at night. Truly relaxing and healing.

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  • April 27, 2019 at 5:53 am
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    There is nothing better than being outside in nature to recover. My ‘go to place’ is beside a lake or an ocean, just being there puts me on a natural high. I totally agree with you for a fast medical recovery head outdoors.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    Camping and hiking have also been a cornerstone in my health journey. I find that the more time I spend outdoors the more relaxed and more confident that I can cope with anything that life hands me. All the reasons that you listed are truly things that I’ve witnessed. It’s incredible how much the great outdoors can impact your life and really instills a sense of wellness and wholeness. I would argue though that camping does entice me to indulge in a few more s’mores than I should, ha!

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  • April 26, 2019 at 3:21 pm
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    I too believe that being outdoors makes us recover more faster. Stress Relieving and mindful exercising is the main benefit of outdoor camping. Natural vitamin input is another benefit which we should also consider. Nowadays people remain indoors and therefore they are deficient in many vitamins though they eat healthy foods. Thanks for sharing wonderful details.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:35 am
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    Being outdoors is truly a stress reliever and it won’t cost much to do so. If I could go camping every week, I would!

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