Just What The Doctor Ordered: How Boating is Good for The Body & Mind
With health and wellness at the top of our minds, here are a few reasons why boating’s not just an amazingly fun activity, but also amazing for your health!
Sunlight & Vitamin D
The more time you spend on a boat, the more time you get to soak in the sun’s rays, commonly known as the “Sunshine Vitamin.” Getting the proper amount of sunlight has a multitude of health benefits, including lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, an elevated mood and positive attitude, and better quality sleep.
Staying Physically Active
Whether you’re going on a sailing excursion, going underwater snorkeling, or just doing some casual swimming, boating is sure to keep you active. And it’s a great activity for the entire family. A study has shown that kids who participated in boating were more likely to engage in a whole host of other healthy daily activities and less screen time.
Connecting with Others
Boating is a great way to connect with others and spend quality time, whether it’s with family, friends, your significant other, or a colleague. We know it’s never been tougher to stay connected, but it’s also never been more important. Spending time with others not only helps prevent loneliness, but also helps improve memory, increases your sense of wellbeing, and can actually extend your lifespan.
Stress Reduction & The Power of Water
The science on the benefits of being near or on the water are pretty extraordinary. So much so that “simply the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin, and inducing relaxation.” A recent Canadian study found that living close to the water actually reduces risks of mortality from diseases by 12–17%.