5 Health Benefits of White Water Rafting

At Idaho River Adventures, we are no stranger to epic bodies of water. Specifically, rafting the legendary Middle Fork of the Salmon River and the Lower Salmon River. For us at IRA, the benefits of white water rafting by spending extended periods of time in, on, or around water is obvious. However, you may need some extra convincing. Below you will find 5 benefits of spending time in, on, or around water that will increase your overall health and happiness. 

 

1. Water Makes You Happier

Looking for a little more happiness in your life? Neuroscientists and psychologists believe that just being near wild waterways is a wellspring of happiness and relaxation, sociality and romance, peace and freedom. Sounds not too bad, right? 

 

2. Water Makes You More Creative 

 

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According to a study conducted at Harvard, when you’re in the water, your body is getting a break. This results in actual rest. Because of this, the brain releases dopamine which allows for a meditative state, resulting in increased creativity. 

 

3. Water Helps Depression and Anxiety 

New York Times Bestselling Author, Wallace J. Nicholas argues that “water is the antidote to ‘red mind’ a state of anxiety created by increased urbanization and near-constant reliance on technology.” According to Nichols, spending time by the water helps ward off depression and anxiety. When a person is near the water almost all of his/her senses are engaged, and that physical immersion, in reality, makes us feel much better. 

 

4. Water Helps Reduce Stress and Boost immune health 

Being near wild waters like a river provides vast cognitive, emotional, and physical health benefits in a person’s life. Psychologists argue that many of these health benefits aid in reducing stress, and boosting the immune system. 

 

5. Being Near The Water is Fun!  Benefits of White Water Rafting 

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It may sound surprising, but engaging in fun has its own array of health benefits including lower stress, better sleep, and improved relationships. Maybe we’re a little biased on this one, but at IRA we know how to facilitate a trip that is restful, empowering, and a whole lot of fun. 

So, just in case you needed more reasons to join us for a trip, now you have them. So will you be joining us in 2022?

 


We hope you'll consider joining Idaho River Adventures on your fly fishing vacation. Our diverse Middle Fork Salmon River rafting trips and Lower Salmon River rafting trips are tailored to you in order to provide the most premium experience. Reach out today to inquire about the adventure of a lifetime on Idaho's most prestigious rivers.

Emily Knittel is a Montana based writer, mountain biker, and self-proclaimed professional hype girl. With a degree in Journalism, and an unshakable love for the outdoors, Emily writes to encourage a life of whimsy and adventure.

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