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Tired of people seeing your time spent on the water as frivolous play? The following health facts will fill up
your boat with family and friends as you turn your critics into converts.
T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y
1. Great Legs: Whether you’re on a
sailboat or a powerboat, “sea legs” are
well-toned legs. Best of all, you won’t
even notice the workout.
2. Abdomen Too: Simply standing
upright on a boat is great for the
body’s core. Add in waterskiing,
wakeboarding and tubing, and you’ll have a
6-pack before you know it!
3. Calorie Count: While it’s
considered low-impact, boating does
burn calories. Sailors under wind get
the most benefits.
Social Factors: Cruising out of
cell phone range allows families to
do essential bonding. It also gives
children all-important time to learn to
understand body language.
7. Brian Booster: Constant new sights
and enhanced situational awareness
improve overall cognitive function both
short- and long-term for children and adults alike.
Stress Reliever: The sound of the
water lapping against the hull and the
rhythmic movement of the boat has
been shown to affect brainwave patterns.
Deep Sleep: Ever wonder why you sleep
so well after a day of boating? It’s the fresh
sea air which is charged with negative ions
that increases our ability to absorb oxygen.
8. Studies Show: Boaters are less
likely to be deficient in Vitamin D,
the “sunshine vitamin.” Not getting
enough is blamed for everything from cancer
to heart disease and diabetes.
9. Pure Joy: There’s nothing wrong
with “frivolous play.” It’s something we
don’t take enough time for in our busy
world yet it’s a key part of healthy living.
10. Overall Results: A NMMA
survey reports that boaters have
greater satisfaction with their
physical fitness and overall health than most