We all know exercise is good for our health, but did you know that water sports offer additional benefits above and beyond exercising on dry land? Imagine that on a lovely day, jumping from a boat dock, swimming freely under the warm sun. Would not it be a free theraphy after all?
Naturally, water sports offer all the benefits of exercise in general, including:
-Improved muscle and bone strength
-Reduced risk of disease
-Increased energy levels in our day-to-day lives
-Better brain health, memory, and mood
They also offer additional advantages that either have direct health benefits, or make us more likely to take part in, and continue with, healthy activities.
Whole body exercise.
Exercising in the water generally recruits more muscles in our body than exercises on land. Air provides little resistance, but in water, every movement requires more force. This means that we’re getting a better full body workout in the water, which is great for improving general strength, balance, and stability, and reducing the risk of injury.
Exercise is known as a great way to improve mood, but water sports are actually even better. Calm water is naturally relaxing and peaceful. When our body is submerged in water, we feel weightless, our muscles relax and tension leaves our bodies. We also experience a calming effect on our mind. Of course, if tranquillity isn’t your thing, there are plenty of extreme water sports to get your pulse racing instead.
When it’s so hot outside you feel like you’re going to melt, suddenly that 5-mile run doesn’t seem so appealing. Likewise, if it’s snowing you’re probably going to pass on that tennis match. But with nice cool water in the summer and heated pools in the winter, any weather is perfect to get in the water, get active, and get healthy. And for people with skin conditions or those that just don’t like to sweat, nice cool water is the perfect safe haven for you to exercise or play to your heart’s content.
Many water sports take place in the great outdoors, meaning fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful views. If being stuck in sweaty, sticky gym isn’t appealing to you, outdoor water sports could make your exercise that much more appealing, and that much better for your health. Not only even in water, for example boat sailing is also a great activity for your health and fitness.
The hardest part of a healthy exercise routine is sticking to it. Being able to do something you enjoy will keep you showing up, which means you’ll see the long-term health benefits that come with consistent exercise. There are so many different water sports – from the tranquil meditative aqua yoga, to the adrenaline rush of wakeboarding, there’s something for everyone – so you’re guaranteed to find something you enjoy enough to keep doing.
Water sports also eliminate some of the drawbacks of exercising on land.
Weight and fitness issues
When people start exercising they are often overweight and/or unfit, and this limits the amount of exercise they can do before getting tired. In the water, our body weight is dramatically reduced, meaning we can do a lot more for a lot longer. Fun activities that would leave us puffing after a minute or two normally can suddenly be enjoyed for half an hour.
Whether you’re overweight, old, or just have bad joints, running on the treadmill can be anywhere from uncomfortable to impossible. Even if you have healthy joints and a healthy weight, your joints are still going to suffer wear and tear over time. Because exercising in water greatly reduces the weight on your joints during exercise, it’s a great way for people to get active and stay active without experiencing pain, or sacrificing their long-term joint health.
Reduced impact forces
Not only does the reduction of weight in water help with joint health, it also prevents all sorts of other injuries. Repetitive or excessive forces on the body can cause all sorts of damage, from microfractures to tendonitis to muscle strains and tears. Many of these injuries are far less likely in water, and some are completely unheard of. Think of it this way – it’s pretty hard to sprain your ankle when you’re floating.
All in all, water sports have great health benefits above and beyond regular sports and exercise, while at the same time minimizing the health risks. If you’re looking for an activity to keep you active, engaged, and healthy, water sports are the way to go.