As boaters, we know that being out on the water is good for the soul. In fact, research shared by our friends over at Discover Boating confirms that spending time on the water can make you happier and healthier. And who couldn’t use more of that right now?! Here are our favorite ways you can use boating to boost your well-being while practicing social distancing.

Find Freedom

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, boating provided a break from everyday life. Amid social distancing and safer-at-home orders, boating now offers a necessary escape from the mental confines of feeling stuck at home. Besides, there’s nothing that fulfills your sense of adventure like the open water and the wind in your hair.

Rest Your Brain

Working from home and e-learning has blurred the lines between work life and personal life in most households. Leaving land—and the home wifi—behind allows your mind to switch gears so it can truly rest and recharge.

Get Moving

It’s no secret that physical exercise releases endorphins that can help you fight off stress. Boating encourages activities like swimming, tubing, fishing, snorkeling, and other fun ways to keep your body in motion.

Keep Traditions Alive

For many families boating isn’t just a hobby, it’s tradition! Continuing to participate in these types of legacy activities can help us maintain a sense of normalcy and help balance out all the unknowns the future may hold.

Connect to the H20

From the water’s blue hue to our bodies’ natural connection to the stuff, there are physiological benefits of being near the water. Check out Discover Boating’s infographic that shows how boating activates your “blue mind” to increase creativity, blood flow, and reduce stress.

So there you have it! Remember to stay safe while enjoying our beautiful SWFL waterways! Share your boating photos with us by tagging @goboatingflorida on Facebook and Instagram and visit our member directory to find all the local marine service providers you need to maintain your boating lifestyle. See you on the water!


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