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Mental Benefits of Being on the Water

By Guest Blogger: Derek from Floating Authority

There is just something very peaceful about floating on the water. Whether it be a quick kayak paddle or standing on a paddleboard there is just something that is so soothing about being on the water. Perhaps it is the fact that it takes us back to when we were babies where the water acts as our cribs once did, gently rocking us back and forward to calm and relax us.

Photo: @oceanyogi6

There is just something very peaceful about floating on the water. Whether it be a quick kayak paddle or standing on a paddleboard there is just something that is so soothing about being on the water. Perhaps it is the fact that it takes us back to when we were babies where the water acts as our cribs once did, gently rocking us back and forward to calm and relax us.

Today we will be talking about some of the meditative benefits that being on the water can insue. Best of all almost anyone can do this.
Whether it be standing on your paddle board, paddling a kayak or simply having a float on your floatie you will be able to feel the calmness of the water upon entering it.

 1.It Reduces Stress
Everyone gets stressed from time to time and hey, that's just part of life! We all know that it is hard to feel at your best when you are stressed so what's the solution? Head out to your local lake, river or ocean and take a float! Blue Space such as rivers, oceans, and lakes actually can have a positive effect on your health (read more). In Stress Related studies people were shown images of green space and started adding more blue space as they went on. People showed a greater preference for blue space like coastlines and ponds in the green space and as a result, had decreased stress levels when shown those particular images. Now add this to actually being on the water and floating gently as the breeze flows through your hair and you are in meditative heaven!

 2.Increased Awareness and Concentration

When on the water your awareness to your surroundings is increased which in turn focuses your concentration. When your brain is concentrating on new things your cognitive abilities increase which increases your capacity to learn more. As a result, you feel good about yourself and forget what had got you all stressed out, to begin with. When practicing an activity such as paddle boarding you are focused on balancing, steering as well looking at where you are going and taking in your surroundings. If you really want to take things to the next level try SUP Yoga or Yoga Paddle Boarding. This essentially eliminates the yoga studio and incorporates balancing on a board which works a whole new set of muscles in your core and abdomen.

Photo: Bella Zanesco 

3.It Gives you Exercise

Chances are if you are on this site you know all the benefits that physical exercise can do to your brain and well being. Well, being on the water is no different! Whether you are kayaking or Paddle Boarding you are incorporating exercise and working different kinds of muscles which gets your blood flowing throughout your body to allow you to feel re-energized. 

  • Kayaking works: Your abdomen and Obliques, Biceps and Triceps, anterior and lateral deltoids (shoulders), pectoral muscles as well as works your cardiovascular system which only means good things to your heart.
  • Paddle Boarding Works: Trapezius, shoulders, chest, arms, abdominals, thigh as well as lower leg muscles. Of course just like kayaking Paddle Boarding is also great for your cardiovascular system.

4. Being on the Water creates a Sense of Mental Silence

Lakes, rivers, and oceans are usually calm tranquil places with only the sounds of nature that usually surround it. As a result, it creates a peaceful space of mental silence that allows your thoughts to flow. If you live in and around the city you know that it can be hard to have some time to yourself when there are large crowds and cars honking constantly. It is important that every once and awhile you get out in nature and create some time to yourself with mental silence. Mental Silence has a whole array of benefits including relieving stress and tension, regeneration of brain cells. In fact, many people come up with their best thoughts and ideas when experiencing mental silence.

5.Strengthens Your Mental Health

One of the Core reasons why people suffer from Anxiety or mental depression is because they are down on their self-worth. Worse yet if you do not get out and exercise it often compounds the issue tenfold. If you add kayaking or paddleboarding to your routine even on say the weekends it allows your mind to calm itself by giving you exercise, awareness and concentration as well as reduced stress. When this is done your brain released positive endorphins into your body and allow you to feel regenerated.

 These are just some of the meditative benefits of paddling on the water. If you are interested in reading more benefits of paddling click here.

 

About The Author

Derek is an avid Kayaker and Paddleboarder that likes to explore the waterways of Vancouver and British Columbia! When he is not in the water he is contributing to his review and informal website https://floatingauthority.com. Some of his other interests include Business, Ice Hockey, and Motorsports."