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Health Benefits of Spending Time on the Water

Healthy Benefits of Spending Time in Water

Kayaking and paddle boarding are obviously fun, but they’re also good for you. The health benefits are an added reason to get out on the water and have fun.

Physical Fitness

Moving through the water on a paddle board or kayak is one of the most enjoyable workouts you can have. You may just think of your arms as doing the work, but your legs are working as well when you row. Your arms get a workout, but you’re also moving your torso and your legs are providing stability and support.

As your muscles are working, your heart is working to give them the oxygen they need. That makes paddling a very heart healthy exercise. While pretty much any exercise can be good for your heart, regular exercise is best. If you’re getting a workout while you’re having fun, it seems easy even though your body is putting a lot of work into it.

You get a full body workout while enjoying the beautiful water off the Florida panhandle. It’s hard to think of a better way to exercise.

Mental Health

Exercise is good for your body and mind. Your body releases endorphins that make you feel good as you go. Plus, exercise one of the healthiest forms of stress relief you can find. When you add to that the beautiful surroundings of the beach and the water, you feel like you’re in paradise. It’s easy to put the troubles of work and real life behind you while you’re on the water.

An article titled “Exercise for Mental Health” on the National Institutes of Health website by Sharma, Madaan, and Petty (2006) says: “Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.”

Everyone needs a break. There’s nothing more different from the office than the water. Spending time on the water can help you feel more centered.  It’s that simple.

Sunshine Vitamin

While you should take every precaution to prevent sunburn, being out in the sun will give you the added benefit of vitamin D. Vitamin D is associated with good bone health and a positive mood. There’s a reason that people in the southern half of the United States are less affected by seasonal affective disorder or SAD. The Sunshine makes us happy.  Vitamin D may play a role in that.

In a study referenced on WebMD, people with high blood pressure were exposed to UVA and UVB light increasing their vitamin D levels substantially over 3 months. Amazingly, their blood pressure normalized. This indicates that the vitamin D produced in your body as a result of sunlight is good for your health.

Getting out on the water is as easy as showing up and renting a kayak or paddle board.  Your rental will be brought to you and you can take off out onto the water. It’s a hassle-free process.  Your visit to the Florida Panhandle can be a fun, relaxing, and healthy adventure for you and your family.