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Compass H e alt h BOATING ENDORPHINS 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. 46 4. 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. 5. 6. 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 other pastimes.