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Why paddling is good for your mental health
- You can boost your mood just by being outside. Exercise in the “blue gym” more often and you’ll find an improvement in your physical and mental well-being.
- At the risk of sounding like your old PE teacher, exercise is good for you! It can help you boost your mood and can tackle depression and anxiety too!
- Did you know? If you exercise on or near water and greenery it has been shown to reduce depression and anger, as well as improve confidence.
- Paddling will introduce a little variety into your life. Variety is the spice of life after all, and there’s so many places you can paddle! Get planning your next paddle adventure for some R&R.
- You can improve your self esteem through setting goals to acheive. With so much variety within paddling, you’ll never run out of goals!
- Paddling is a form of ‘moving meditation.’ That’s right, not all meditations include sitting on a mat chanting you know!
- You’ll get more vitamin D. If you’re low in vitamin D, it has been found to play a large role in mood disorders such as depression. You can boost your levels of vitamin D just by being outside and enjoying the space.
- Remember as a kid when you used to do handstands and the world looked weird upside down? Well, life looks different from the water too. Paddling offers a unique perspective of the world… one you’re not very often exposed to. Seeing the world from a different angle gives you a fresh perspective.
- You can make new friends and form new social groups with people who have similar interests. Building new social groups is never a negative! More people to talk to, interact with and learn from… bonus!
- If we’ve not already sold it to you, we’ve left the simplest reason until last. It’s fun, and having fun makes us happy!
Nine top health benefits of paddling
- It’s a low impact activity. This means that even if your joints are weak paddling will help you benefit from aerobic fitness, strength building, and greater flexibility. Don’t risk wear and tear on your joints and tissues, go paddling.
- Get social. It offers you the opportunity to find new friends. Many people go paddling in groups.
- Even during a relaxing paddle down the Wye stopping of for a picnic you can burn calories. You can burn hundreds of calories an hour paddling.
- Paddling helps improve mental health and helps lower stress levels.
- It helps improve core strength and stability. Some benefits of a stronger core are it helps prevent or reduce back pain, helps improve balance, and enhances mobility.
- Even the most leisurely paddle will give you a good aerobic work-out.
- Age is no barrier. Paddlers continue to paddle way into their 80s and beyond.
- Paddling is inclusive. It offers opportunities for people with disabilities, their friends and their families.
- Helps reclaim family time. Chuck the screen and get onto the water. Paddling helps unplug your kids from the internet and offers parents the chance regain some lost family time.