According to Cheshire East Council site, physical health is “an essential part of overall health of an individual, which includes everything from physical fitness to overall well-being”.
It is therefore advisable to engage ourselves in meaningful physical activities such as riding horses, dancing at concerts, or better still, in the comfort of our homes, going on holiday every now and then, and sailing.
As a physical activity, sailing is perhaps one of the best activities that cannot only help improve our physical health and well being, but also sustain such an enviable achievement for days on end.
Sailing has numerous little known benefits to our physical health, some of which may include:
Improves Aerobic Capacity:
Sailing is an extremely physical activity that involves ceaseless pulling, sail hoisting, rope tying, and pushing of other heavy equipment so as to successfully navigate the boat. It is such a strenuous routine that is ultimately responsible for the improvement of one’s aerobic capacity.
Improves Personal Organizational Skills:
Being a sailor requires that you properly organize the multiple equipment on the boat so you increase your chances of safely arriving at one’s destination.
Such organization, when done routinely, becomes apart of an individual and is thus bound to affect one’s day-to-day lifestyle. In other words, it creates a sense of responsibility and enhances personal discipline.
Improves Communication Skills:
Sailing can at times be an unpredictable sojourn to places unknown. Anything can go wrong anytime, especially so if the crew fails to communicate effectively.
Many a time, body language serves as the sole viable tool of passing out life-saving communications. One must therefore learn how to decipher such signals and appropriately respond so as to avert an unnecessary misunderstanding.
Sharpens our Concentration Skills:
The modern-day lifestyle demands flexibility, multi-tasking and constant awareness of everything around us. This is especially the case when one is sailing. Unlike other circumstances, here, the sailor’s life is literally on line.
Therefore, irrespective of inevitable multi-tasking on the boat, one must at all times exhibit unmatched concentration levels, specifically on the crucial things that are necessary for safe-sailing.
Acts as a Stress-Reliever:
Sailing can be therapeutic in ways often unnoticed to a sailor.
The mouth watering scenes of the harsh waters, swooshing of the tides and currents, and the smooth sound constantly made by the agile movement of your boat, can relax your mind and implicitly suppress your many worries hidden beneath your troubled soul.
Improves Muscle Strength and Flexibility:
The strenuous activity on the boat serves as a key component of adding impetus to a sailor’s shoulders and back muscles. It also makes one to be flexible, agile and quick with their mind, eyes, and ears.
More so, if done routinely, one’s learn the importance of endurance and such a lesson can as well be applied in other aspects of one’s life.
Leads to Weigh Loss:
The fact that a sailor has higher chances of building and even improving their muscles strength means that consequently, the rate of calories burning in the body increases as well. This in effect increases the chances of losing weight.