You’ve probably been asked why you enjoy boating so much. It can be difficult to come up with a good answer other than “I just like to be out on the water.” This is fine, but now you’ll have a shiny new and legitimate answer which is “It’s good for my health.” It’s also a great reason to take a weekend with the guys to go fishing. Right now, you’re probably wondering how exactly it benefits your health. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that. The next time you’re feeling guilty about taking some time off work or avoiding chores around the house for a day out on the water, know that it’s worth it. Here’s why:
Good ol’ fashioned sunshine provides Vitamin D, which promotes healthy bones and has been proven to positively influence your mood. Most of us spend so much of our time in the office and in a commute that soaking in some rays becomes a rare luxury. No, this doesn’t mean you should leave your sunscreen behind. Sunburn is still bad, but don’t worry! You can still enjoy the health benefits of sunshine through the layer of sunscreen.
Time To Unplug
In the digital age we live in, it seems as if we can’t do anything without checking in on texts and emails or snapping a quick photo. Studies have shown that being able to “power down” consistently can help you avoid depression, stress, and insomnia. Of course, you’ll want your loved ones to know you are safe, but a day out on the water is the perfect time to forget about your phone for a few hours. Whether you’re fishing, snorkeling, or just cruising around, take in the sights, sounds, and fresh air instead of staring at a screen as you do on land.
Many studies have shown that having strong social ties and connections leads to longevity, healthier eating habits, less stress, and more. It makes sense! You feel like you have people looking out for you. A nice boating trip is the perfect time to bond and catch up with your family and close friends. You’re all together on this voyage and you’re sure to feel closer as you head back to the dock. Not to mention, you might just make a new friend when you run into a fellow captain out there!
Connecting With Nature
It’s no secret that connecting with nature is good for you. Anybody who’s been out for a good hike or a fishing/snorkeling trip can attest to this. The wonders of nature have fascinated mankind for thousands of years and it won’t stop anytime soon. Even if you’re just soaking in the wind and wet spray as you hop waves, you’re doing your body and mind good. A boating trip is a perfect time to simply live in the moment and appreciate your surroundings. You’ll feel your stress and worries melt away in the breeze.
Ions are molecules in the air that are either positive or negative, meaning they have either gained or lost an electrical charge. As weird as it sounds, positive ions are the villains. According to ion researchers at Columbia University, they make you feel drowsy, unmotivated, and even depressed. And surprise, surprise. Positive ions are generated by things like computers, phones, air conditioners, and printers. No wonder you often feel miserable in the office!
Negative ions are the heroes. They reverse those feelings and create a biochemical reaction that increases serotonin levels. Negative ions are created by things like sunlight, moving air, and moving water. This explains that feeling you get the first time you leave the dock for the season! The bow of your boat splashes the water and the fresh breeze feels fantastic! You’re surrounded by negative ions and your mood is instantly improved.
So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, (or you need to get out of a few chores… it’s ok, we won’t tell.) go boating! It’s not just a whole lot of fun, it’s good for your body and your mind! We’ll see you out there!