Now that it is finally getting hot, the rain is gone, and the sun is here to stay, we can all enjoy cruising the waters in our boats! Not only is going out a boatload of fun, it is also beneficial to your health. Let’s talk about how you become healthier every time you’re on the lake so you can tell anyone who tries to stop you that you are doing it for your health—literally.

Vitamin D – Being out in the sun is vital to your health (just make sure you wear sunscreen so you don’t burn!), especially in Washington where the sun is scarce in the cooler months. Soak it up while you can, right? The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that 9% of children are Vitamin D deficient and another 61% are Vitamin D insufficient. Vitamin D is needed to help the body absorb calcium and keep bones strong and healthy. It also makes you happier. So pack up those kiddos and get them out in the sun!

Exercise – While some may not see boating as exercise, it actually is! Standing at the helm is a low impact core abdominal workout that can help get you that six-pack you’ve always dreamed of. Keeping yourself steady while on rough waters is another good exercise—strengthening those stability muscles. Add on some wake surfing or water skiing and you have yourself a gym away from the gym.

Mental Health – This is probably the most obvious one, but boating does wonders for your mental health. Something about being out on the open water on your boat brings a sense of calm and peace like nothing else. If you’ve had a stressful day (or week, or month) at work or your in-laws are in town or you just aren’t feeling that great, a few hours out on the water will get rid of all that negativity and bring you back to your happy-go-lucky self.

Disconnection – When you boat, you disconnect from your everyday life. Even if you have your phone or other electronics on board, you are still in a different environment with different surroundings. The effects of this disconnection can include lower blood pressure, relaxed muscles, and an overall sense of well-being. Nothing beats that!

Relationships – Being out on the water with your friends and family leads to endless bonding time. You will make memories that you’ll cherish forever. You can build on already strong relationships, help repair relationships that may have been damaged, and even start new relationships. Surrounding yourself with people you love, who love you back does wonders for your physical and mental health.

Passion – Owning a boat takes a lot of work. You have to truly love it to keep with it. You’ve found your passion. Having something you love doing—that you are 100% passionate about—makes you a happier person overall. You will sleep better at night, wake up refreshed, be more focused at work, and your friends and family will delight in the smile that is always on your face.

There are so many more reasons to boat, but these six are a good place to start if you ever need an excuse to go out on the water. “I’m going to get my exercise, honey!”

Check out our recipe for healthy Watermelon Caprese appetizers and the Bombay Magic cocktail!

Enjoy this weather, have fun, and be safe out there!

Bombay Magic

Ingredients

  • Cointreau
  • Tequila or Vodka
  • Lemon Juice
  • Club Soda
  • Mint Leaf

Directions

  1. Squeeze 1/2 lemon.
  2. Pour half a shot glass of Cointreau, 1/4 shot glass of either tequila or vodka.
  3. Top it off with club soda.
  4. Top it off with club soda.

Watermelon Caprese

Ingredients

  • 1 small watermelon, sliced
  • 1 mozzarella ball, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. sliced fresh basil
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • balsamic glaze

Directions

  1. Slice watermelon into 1/2” thick squares, about 3”-x- 3”. Slice mozzarella into 1/2” slices.
  2. On a serving dish, alternate slices of mozzarella and watermelon. Sprinkle with basil, flaky sea salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze and serve.