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Social Distancing on the Water

Enjoying the healing power of nature while keeping your distance.

The past several months have been extremely challenging for all of us. And, with unprecedented calls for social distancing, many of us may feel disconnected from the people and places that bring us joy. A recent study*, published by Stockholm University, suggests urban nature as a source of resilience during social distancing restrictions.

We already know that spending time in nature can have a myriad of positive benefits. Among them, exercise, fresh air, exposure to sunshine and a higher sense of personal well-being.

Kayaking - even when done with a partner or in a small group - can be the perfect pastime for maintaining a safe and comfortable social distance. Whether approached as a means to exercise or just an excuse to get outdoors, kayaking is an activity that provides hours of enjoyment and recreation in a safe and responsible way.

Larger urban centers and cities may have local ponds, lakes and other waterways open for paddling. In these environments, you can take in your surroundings and enjoy calm waters, sunshine and plenty of fresh air.

Social Distancing in Your Kayak
Image: Pono Atienza

In more rural settings, the benefits are even more numerous.

Lake paddling affords you the opportunity to view local flora, birds and even wildlife. You can also capture these moments on camera, journal your experiences or simply take your time and enjoy the seasonal rewards of the area.

Combine lake paddling with birdwatching, nature photography, a picnic or even a lakeside hike for a full day of natural therapy. The results will have you feeling centered and refreshed.

If your tastes are a bit more adventurous, you may wish to hit the beach. Ocean kayaking is a great way to get out in the sun and burn off energy. Also an awesome form of exercise, ocean kayaking can make you feel invigorated and renewed.

No matter what your kayaking style may be, you will reap countless benefits by incorporating it into your social distancing practices. By yourself, or with a friend, kayaking can help you better cope with some of the disruptions to normal life caused by distancing mandates. What’s more, you may find yourself experiencing a heightened level of tranquility just by immersing yourself in nature more often.

Oru Kayak’s Inlet is perfect for beginners, seniors and experts alike. It packs small enough to fit in the trunk or your car or take with you on the train. Check it out here.

*Urban nature as a source of resilience during social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic

Header Image: Karin Thomas