Most of us strive to better ourselves, and a fresh new year is always a good place to start. Improving physical health, kicking bad habits, cutting loose the toxic parts of our lives that seem to drag us down—where to start? Allow us to offer a resolution that—if you stick to it—will improve your physical well-being, strengthen your relationships with the ones you love, and be the mental-health cleanse you know you need. Resolution for 2019: Get out and boat!
Getting Some Vitamin D
The sun does a great job of fueling our bodies with vitamin D. Yes, too much sun is dangerous, but if you’re careful to protect your skin, you’ll reap rewards for the rest of your body. Vitamin D helps in the development and maintenance of healthy bones and healthy skin. It also fights diseases, depression, and promotes weight loss. While boating doesn’t replace a more strenuous exercise regimen, it’s still a wonderful, healthy activity that’s good for your brain and body.
Promoting Better Eating Habits
Of course, not everyone sticks to healthy meals while boating, but forcing yourself to bring on board only a good mix of food and drink will make you feel better all day. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and the right amount of carbs is essential for consistent physical activity. Overeating and binging on junk food will lead to some uncomfortable days on the water. Being in the sun while overindulging decreases dopamine and serotonin in the brain as well as the energy our bodies could be using to have fun. Alcohol can also sap the body of healthy nutrients, so try stocking the cooler with water bottles, especially on hot days.
Pursuing Passions and Developing Skills
Doing what you love and developing new skills increases self-confidence and lowers stress levels. We’re wired to enjoy challenges, hone skills, and sharpen our brains with new activities. With practice, your boat-driving, problem-solving, and mechanical dexterity will improve—and so will your mental health.
Cutting Down on Screen Time
There’s no denying it—technology runs our lives. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but too much news watching, Netflix binging and social media scrolling is a deeply unsatisfying way to live. Any time you can get outside, enjoy nature and unplug is time well spent.
Bonding with Your Loved Ones
The surveys don’t lie. The number-one reason people purchase boats is to spend time with the important people in their lives. As a shared activity, boating allows families and friends to spend quality hours exploring the water, fishing, skiing, surfing, learning new sports, and developing cooperation skills that help in every part of life. Owning a boat is awesome. Using it as a means to foster deeper connections with the ones you love is a gift that will last a lifetime.