The science behind why sailors are happier
A 2007 study conducted in the US found people who boat ‘…expressed a greater degree of satisfaction in several key areas of life than their non-boating counterparts.’
Okay, we don’t need a survey to know that. But, it’s nice to know our lifestyle choices are validated by science.
So, let’s dive deeper into what makes boating so good for your mind and your body.
Ever wondered why being by the sea feels so relaxing? Well, there’s actually science to back this feeling. Salt in the sea air is made up of negatively charged hydrogen ions, which help the body absorb oxygen. This also helps to balance serotonin in the body, which is the hormone responsible for feeling good.
You already know sailing takes a whole lot of physical work. Well, this work improves cardiovascular health, and as a result, lowers your risk of heart illness, obesity and hypertension. According to Health Fitness Revolution, this is because the body uptakes a large amount of oxygen when engaging in intense physical activity, like sailing.
Wave goodbye stress
Okay, stress isn’t something you can completely eradicate, but there are mental and physical strategies, which reduce its impact. The rhythmic noise of water, breaking on a bow, as well as the soothing sound of wind in a boat’s sails impacts brain wave patterns and relaxes the mind. Live Science talks more about the relaxing nature of waves, when it comes to sleep, here.
Sharing the fun
It’s pretty difficult to operate a boat on your own. In fact, we think most of the fun comes from sharing experiences on the water, whether you’re casting a line, enjoying a lazy evening on the river or towing a donut for the kids. The mental and physical benefits of connecting with other humans are well known. Especially when they’re legends who love the water too.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice, which involves staying in the present moment, with no judgment. Its practice is known to reduce blood pressure, stress and boost feelings of happiness. Whether it’s ducking under the boom or making sure you’re staying on course, sailing certainly requires mindfulness.
Want more peace of mind?
While you’re enjoying the health benefits of sailing, we can make sure you’re covered, just in case the unforeseeable happens. That way you’ll have extra peace of mind on the water.
Ask us for a free marine insurance quote and stay safe out there.