For most of us, summer is a time of opportunity, enjoyment, and hope. After the weather gets warmer and the sun starts to gain some more life, people can get outside and enjoy all that nature offers on a more consistent basis.
There is so many fun activities that can be completed in the summer. Fishing, boating, jogging, and swimming are all among many others as great ways to get outside when the weather cooperates. Today, we are going to be talking about a couple of watersports and the wonders that come along with engaging with them. Let’s jump right into it.
One of our favorite summertime activities is kayaking. Kayaks are incredible vessels that are super fun to maneuver and take out into nature. Especially since kayaks are quite affordable, just about anyone can partake in the fun.
There are many uses that can come from kayaking. Fishing, exercise, exploring new areas, and many other things can be done on a yak. Summer is one of the best areas of the entire year to grab a kayak and hit the water.
Canoeing is somewhat similar to kayaking in the sense that it involves paddles, a floating vessel, and the ability to explore bodies of water. The main difference, besides the obvious built designs, is the engagement with other people. Kayaking can be a solo endeavor if you so choose, but canoes are made for at least two people to be working together.
Canoeing is also very sustainable for long mile trips across big areas. Going into the backcountry with some canoes is a fantastic way to dive right into whatever Mother Nature has in store.
Compared to the other two, paddleboarding is the most unique and new to the scene of outdoor recreation. Paddle boards are stand-up, floating boards that are super fun to use on a hot summer day.
Although they can be used as a way to explore and get in shape, these tend to lean more toward having fun. Paddle boards are perfect for those dog days on a refreshing lake. Jumping in, cooling off, and getting right back on is super easy.
Each of those three watersports are excellent activities to engage in this summer. These are great vessels to get outside and do whatever you would like. Now, let’s dive into some of the wonders and perks that come along with the package.
Source of exercise
First and foremost, each of these three engagements are excellent sources of exercise. Of all three, kayaking may be the best as it engages your entire core, arms, shoulders, and rest of your upper body.
Canoeing is a similar source of exercise because you can pump out a ton of miles at a time. Paddleboarding is not so much an exercise as it is a leisure activity, but it absolutely can be.
At the end of the day, what you do with these crafts is totally on you, and you can get as much out of them as you want. You can even design workouts based around these activities to get a comprehensive experience in.
Helps mental health
There are many studies out there that suggest that getting outside and spending time in nature has really positive effects on your mental health. It doesn’t even require huge plans or pushing yourself physically to get a mental and emotional benefit from being outdoors.
According to the White Plains Hospital Physician, Dr. Christine Ashour, “...[g]etting a mental break from work or a stressful situation like managing your life during a pandemic and going outside is important. It allows you to take a breath, relax, and rest with a better frame of mind. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a park, in the woods, or in your backyard, being in nature can have a calming effect and improve your mental and physical health…”
Pandemic or not, getting outside brings some excellent perks and attributes toward a stronger headspace. A big part of this is the vitamin D intake potential. This is super beneficial to your mood and health, so getting out there and taking some in is a gamechanger.
To be specific to water sports, there is an added element of tranquility and peace when on the water. When kayaking or paddling in general, being fully in nature and on a calm body of water, the feeling is unrivaled.
Keeps you connected socially
Although just about every aspect of these watersports can be done by yourself, they also create an excellent platform to engage in social scenarios. Grabbing some friends and family to hit the water
is a great way to take part in kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and anything else that you can think of.
There are also physical and mental health benefits to socially connecting with other people. The Mayo Clinic says that “socializing not only staves off feelings of loneliness, but also it helps sharpen memory and cognitive skills, increases your sense of happiness and well-being, and may even help you live longer.”
As you can see, there are some great benefits of linking up with others. Although this source does not physically denote socializing on the water, the same aspects still apply. To take it a step further, these health benefits are amplified and paired with the ones brought by being outdoors. So, engaging in watersports with friends and family in a social setting can help maximize the benefits you can get.
Those are the wonders of summer kayaking and other water sports! The world truly is your oyster, and you can get so much value out of whatever you choose to do. The health benefits are the true wonders, and these are paired with simply having fun and enjoying nature.
So, this summer, get out the kayak, or whatever else you like to use, and get outside. Hit the water with some friends and get as much as you can out of this summer’s fabulous weather and opportunities.