Research Shows Boating Is Good for Your Health


This is music to our ears: Boating may improve creativity, emotional health and relaxation, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada. Because of the proximity to water, says Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., a marine biologist and author, people see emotional, behavioral and psychological benefits, as boating resets our brain, helps us see outside ourselves and appeals to the senses.

"The effect of boating on our lives and its fundamental connection to our planet's waters are well documented from an economic, ecological and educational perspective," says Dr. Nichols. "But, the relationship of boating to our health has been largely overlooked. We now know, thanks to science, that the mere sight and sound of water promotes wellness by lowering cortisol, increasing serotonin and inducing relaxation.”

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