So, after months of following strict quarantine and lock-down protocols, you’re finally ready to go out there and conquer the great outdoors? That’s awesome news.
It’s a bit surreal though how everything seems new, right? But it’s also fortunate that so many people have kept themselves busy and distracted over the past few months by simply planning for future nature trips.
That being said, it’s still important that people stay safe. Luckily, one of the best and most fun outdoor activities is also one of the safest in terms of social distancing protocols. That activity is kayaking.
For all you lovers of kayaking, or its cousins packrafting and stand-up paddling, you know just how paddles keep you from other people doing the same thing. The paddle alone already makes for a great tool to keep people six feet from you. And it really doesn’t matter if you’re a big group; the waters where people go kayaking aren’t like a narrow trail or bike path. There’s usually an entire river or lake to navigate. This means that you can enjoy the time kayaking and also keep a safe distance from each other.
Aside from the advantages of being forced to distance yourselves from one another, kayaking, just like so many other nature activities, promises tons of other health benefits. From the vitamin D from the sun to the fresh and unpolluted air in the forest to the serene atmosphere brought about by the beauty of the natural world, kayaking truly is a huge boost to one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Avid kayakers know just how great an exercise kayaking can be, which is a very welcome change for people who have lived extremely sedentary lifestyles being cooped up at home these past months. The activity strengthens the body and improves blood and oxygen circulation, both of which have been proven to come in handy in today’s world, one that is struggling with a global health crisis.
Let’s not forget, kayaking is for everyone as well. It’s for people of all ages, and for people who either want to go on a solo adventure or with friends. That being said, for adults who are bringing kids or seniors along, it’s important to always practice safety measures.
So, what are you guys waiting for? Go find your equipment, call your family and friends, and even book a local paddle instructor.