All of us dream of being under the sun and enjoying white sand beaches in our old age but what if you take it a step further? What if you sail the great blue sea? Many people believe that sailing is only meant for the young and the fit but that is quite untrue. For instance, Harry Heckel, a legend in sailing, finished his solo circumnavigation at the age of 89. His book called “Around the World in 80 Years—The Oldest Man to Sail Alone Around the World—Twice!” is an inspiring read for many. Sometimes, the right time to pursue a hobby comes in the latter part of life.
How Sailing Boosts Cognitive Health
As you enter old age, staying active is not only good for your physical health but also your cognitive health. There are many ways in which you can stay active even when you’re experiencing challenges. Choices are all around you and it’s a matter of knowing what could be best for you. If you’re up for a challenge, then sailing is one of the hobbies you can take up to exercise your brain and improve your quality of life. There are many communities who are helping seniors start their journey in the world of sailing. For instance, an organization in Wisconsin called The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center makes the hobby accessible and affordable to everyone regardless of their age or ability.
In 2014, a research study showed that sailing can improve quality of life for those people with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia. The program included guided sea expeditions to explore marine life near the beach of Cagliari in South Sardinia. Those who continuously participated in the research study have seen an improvement in their clinical status compared to those who did not. Safety precautions in sailing were implemented all throughout the course of the research study to ensure the wellbeing of the participants.
Boosts Your Memory
When the sea is calm and everything is at peace, sailing can be a good time for meditation. It has been shown that meditation can boost short-term memory in people of all ages. It also increases the gray matter in your brain which is responsible for improving spatial memory according to a study lead by Ho-Hoing Ching and colleagues from the Department of Natural Biotechnology of Nanhua University, Taiwan. Manning the sails keeps your mind on alert, organized, and productive. Sailing improves your body’s overall health including enhancing your mental fitness.
Trains Your Brain
Sailing is a good form of brain exercise as it requires you to study different factors before going out into the sea. With a trusted guide, you can train your mind to remember the set of steps essential in a successful sailing adventure. Learning new things is important as it helps in increasing the white matter in your brain – a study by the University College of London suggests. Having a higher amount of white matter in your brain improves your performance in a number of tasks.
Choosing sailing as a hobby may come as a surprise for many of your family members. Some may even be worried and ask you to consider before pursuing it. The best way to resolve this issue is to explain the health benefits that you could get in partaking in this kind of activity. As long as you take safety precautions in doing so, you can start sailing to improve your mind and body.
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