Fun in the Sun: Camping and Your Health

July 10, 2013

The Black Hills abound with recreation opportunity in a way that few places come close to matching. The region has all the amenities of urban America, without the crowded populations, noise, and pollution. In short, camping in the Black Hills is an unmatched experience. Journeying from Hot Springs, to Rapid City, to Mt. Rushmore, to Sturgis & beyond affords a true vacation experience; and with Palmer Gulch, there’s no better way to experience a South Dakota vacation.

Black Hills Camping

We’re taking part of this update to preview a new activity at Palmer Gulch- the Rock Wall. Unless you’ve been… well… under a rock, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what this activity entails. The difference? It’s part of the daily activities at Palmer Gulch! Being healthy has never been more fun. In addition to our other outdoor activities (swimming, fishing, hiking, etc), the rock wall features over 300 square feet of challenging fun that soars to over 26 feet in the air!

Of course, it goes without saying that fun goes hand-in-hand with safety at Palmer Gulch. The knowledgeable and attentive folks here work around the clock to make sure your family stays safe on their South Dakota vacation.

Camping in the Black Hills offers a variety of health benefits while still being affordable. From the fresh air to the wide-open spaces, there’s room for any family to stretch their legs- and their wallets! Palmer Gulch offers a plethora of invigorating and relaxing activities for kids of all ages. Whether it’s an evening hayride, a day of fishing, or just unadulterated family time, you’ll be sure you came to the right place.

Being Healthy

Outdoor Activity

Over 20% of kids and adolescents these days are living some form of an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle. If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt you want your kids to be as healthy as possible. In the modern world, of course, this goal is more challenging than ever. Even with a full and busy schedule, it’s important to remember the following:

1.)    Your skin is a living, integral part of your body, and requires sunlight to manufacture Vitamin D. In fact, your body synthesizes Vitamin D from cholesterol under these conditions. So, yes, you not only need direct sunlight; you need some cholesterol as well (which also goes towards nervous system and brain health)! And what happens if you aren’t getting enough? It’s not pretty- your body needs Vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and phosphate, mainly to assist in bone structure and density. No Vitamin D? Get ready for weak bones as you age.

2.)    We’ve spent the vast majority of our time as a species outside! Walking, running, exploring, hunting, and more are as natural to us as breathing. Accordingly, we’ve got immune systems that’ve developed right alongside everything else in nature- pollen, dust, bugs, you name it. We’re incredibly good at adapting, and filter out thousands of toxins on any given day. So, in conjunction with your doctor’s advice/prescriptions, you may actually be able to drastically reduce or even remove outdoor allergies over time.

3.)    We are social creatures by nature. It’s definitely good to grab some “me time” when you need it, but if you combine the health benefits of the outdoors with those of being with the people you care about? That’s a guaranteed major benefit to your overall health.

Summer’s already in full-swing; so grab your girl, your guy, your parents, your kids, your friends- whoever it is –and go get some sun on your skin, dirt on your feet, and fresh air in your lungs! And the key? Make a habit of it. Your future self will thank you.

About the Palmer Gulch Resort

The Black Hills provide ample opportunities for outdoor sports, sightseeing excursions, and outdoor adventures. All year long, the Palmer Gulch Resort is here to serve as your home away from home. To learn more about Palmer Gulch Resort, or to make a reservation, visit our website at or call 1-800-562-8503. Information packets are available for group gatherings, as well as GPS directions and maps of the area.

Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT