Ah, the lake! Just the very thought of the lake conquers up the sound of waves lapping on the shore, the distinctive clean, crisp smell of the lake, and the exhilaration that abounds in your heart when you can spend time there.
As with everything in life, there are pros (many) and cons (few) living near a lake.
When you love something, whether it be a place, a hobby, or a person, you are willing to overlook any inconvenience for the pure joy your passion brings you.
However, later in this article, for the sake of fairness we will discuss what some people might consider the cons of living near a lake. Stay tuned!
Lake Life is Beautiful
Life living near a lake is beautiful! Let's start with a few of the many beauties living near a lake will provide:
The Air You Breathe by the Lake Will Help You Live Longer
Just being near the water seems enough. How can it get better than that? But it does!
It is not just that you “feel” better near the water as if some kind of siren song has drawn you to the shore.
Research has shown that the air near a lake or sea is charged with negative ions. Although the ions are negative, they have a positive effect on your body.
These ions work to balance the serotonin levels in your body. Serotonin is a chemical that is associated with mood and stress.
This is why you feel a release of tension when at the lake. The ions help your body absorb oxygen.
More oxygen in your body improves alertness and also combats free radicals. Free radicals might sound like protesters who have no boundaries, but they are not.
Free radicals are organic molecules that are responsible for aging and tissue damage. In a nutshell, living by water can help you live longer.
The Sounds You Hear Near the Lake Will Help You Rest Better
The chances are that if you have visited a spa or gone for a massage, calming sounds come from the facilities speakers.
Those sounds on a CD are often sounds of the water lapping against the shore or waves breaking on the rocks.
Flowing water’s soothing sounds are often used in meditation, and we know that meditation is a renowned relaxation method.
Moving water is likened to "white noise," in which individuals may hear a different song.
I know from experience how the soothing sound of water can give you an extraordinarily restful sleep.
When visiting my cousin, who lived on a Saginaw Bay channel in Michigan, I slept on a sleeping bag on her living room floor.
The open window was a mere 25 feet from the seawall of the channel.
To this day, I remember the all-encompassing, tranquilizing lap of the water against the rocks. The sleep I had that night was deep and rejuvenating.
I have since learned that your brain interprets water and waves as "non-threats" and can attain a deeper sleep.
That type of rest recharges all of your batteries and gives you the energy and strength you need in the morning.
The Blue Color of the Lake Will Help You Unwind
You can find an example of the need for a Blue Mind in Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick.
The narrator of the novel, Ishmael, stated that whenever he found himself "growing grim about the mouth" and in need of "driving off the spleen," he would head to the sea.
Blue Mind refers to a mildly meditative, relaxed state you find yourself in, when you are on or near water.
Ishmael knew where to head when the stresses of life got to be too much.
Life, in general, is stressful. That stress takes a toll on your mind and body. Living near a lake combats that stress by putting you close to nature.
Physiologically, your brain and body change when you are communing with nature. You relax.
Your focus shifts away from stress, and that is important. Stress keeps your body in a flight, fight, or freeze mode.
When in one of those modes, your body has less energy to keep your immune system operating at an optimal level.
Your ability to heal and repair is compromised by stress. Having a Blue Mind allows your body to function in the way it was intended.
Your Body Will Get Stronger Living Near a Lake
Living near a lake gives you unparalleled opportunities to engage in all types of water sports.
You will have the ability to walk out your door and into a healthier you.
Studies have shown that water aerobics can lower high blood pressure when done regularly.
Others have to pay big bucks to attend a class or therapy session.
You can just walk to the water’s edge and jump in!
Especially helpful for your joints, being in the water is a great low-impact way to exercise.
Incredibly, something as exhilarating as being in the water is also good for you.
Few things are "good for you" that are actually fun too.
No one gets excited over eating broccoli or brushing their teeth, but everyone can get behind water sports.
There are a variety of really fun activities that, while affording needed exercise, are a blast to participate in.