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Make the Most of North Palm Beach’s Watersports Opportunities

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Seated at the northern tip of Palm Beach County, the village of North Palm Beach is nearly 40 percent water. When the Florida heat peaks, locals and tourists alike take full advantage of all the open H2O. From swimming and snorkeling to paddling and fishing, watersports in North Palm Beach create a relaxing, low-impact, and family-friendly activity to cool off year-round.

If you're looking to make the most of North Palm Beach's watersport opportunities, you've come to the right place. Keep reading to discover where to go, what to do, and how it can all help your body become stronger, healthier, and happier.

Swimming in North Palm Beach

What else to do in all of the water in North Palm Beach if not swim? In the summer months when the Florida heat sizzles into the high 90s, local beaches swarm with residents looking to cool off with a swim. But aside from being a great way to escape the heat, swimming is also an excellent low-impact workout. Swimming keeps your heart rate up but removes most of the impact stress off your body.

Likewise, swimming helps to maintain a healthy heart and lungs, tones muscles, builds strength, and helps maintain a healthy weight. Swimming regularly improves balance, coordination, and flexibility. The buoyancy of the water additionally acts as an effective, low-impact therapy for various injuries and conditions, and helps improve joint pain.

Where to Swim in North Palm Beach

Of course, the NPB Pool is a safe and contained option for swimming. However, watersports in North Palm Beach are all the more exciting when taking place in the open water. Check out these locations to start swimming today:

Snorkeling in North Palm Beach

Snorkeling in North Palm Beach is simply swimming with a view - and a great view at that. The vast collection of marine life in the salty Florida waters provide awesome entertainment while you float along. Plus, did you know that snorkeling actually increases your maximal oxygen intake? Breathing through a tube provides greater resistance and requires greater exertion than free-breathing. Snorkelers regulate in and out breaths evenly through the mouth, effectively engaging in breathing exercises without even trying.

For an extra kick (no pun intended), snorkeling also works out the:

  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Ankles
  • Hip flexors
  • Shoulders

Did you know that snorkeling can burn about 300 calories an hour? Strengthen heart muscles, ease joint stiffness, and improve endurance by snorkeling for at least 60 minutes.

Where to Snorkel in North Palm Beach

Generally speaking, if you own snorkeling gear, you can snorkel anywhere you swim in North Palm Beach. However, if you're lacking gear, a few different local businesses offer rental equipment, as well as charter tours:

Canoeing or Kayaking in North Palm Beach

If you want to take watersports in North Palm Beach to the next level, you've got to try paddling. In South Florida, waterways are packed with locals paddling both kayaks and canoes. Another low-impact option, paddling helps to improve aerobic fitness, flexibility, and strength. Utilizing a paddle to slice through the waves improves muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders, and chest.

Paddling reduces the risk of wear-and-tear on joints and is a peaceful way of exploring North Palm Beach waterways. Despite all of its positives, be sure to check in with a sports chiropractor if you want to give paddling a try. Existing back or shoulder injuries can become exacerbated with the repetitive motion of paddling, and you'll want to make sure that this watersport will be right for you.

Where to Kayak or Canoe in North Palm Beach

If you're looking to experiment with paddling, a plethora of businesses in the area run kayak and canoe rentals. For those wanting to explore Munyon Island, Little Munyon Island, the estuary at MacArthur Beach State Park, and even Peanut Island, consider renting a kayak or stand-up paddle board at:

Fishing in North Palm Beach

The repetitive motions of casting a line, retrieving it, and casting again, all work multiple muscle groups in the body. Fishing strengthens the biceps, triceps, shoulders, and forearms, as well as the core. Encompassing the muscle groups surrounding the torso, which are frequently responsible for the majority of back injuries suffered, the core must stay active and strong as a defense against possible injuries.

If you're looking to keep the core tight and strong by fishing, first visit a chiropractor in North Palm Beach. A chiropractor can ensure that all the bones, joints, and muscles of the back are aligned, so that you can properly strengthen each area and avoid potential injury. Plus, chiropractic treatment before and after a day of fishing can help prevent any potential soreness that comes along with working out a specific muscle group.

Where to Fish in North Palm Beach

The state of Florida does require a Florida fishing license for both residents and non-residents who are fishing for saltwater fish, crabs, or other marine organisms, as well as those fishing in freshwater who wish to take their catch home. Therefore, while fishing is permitted outside of the designated guarded swimming areas of many County beaches and parks, it is important to be mindful of Florida fishing law.

Top fishing destinations in North Palm Beach include:

Opportunity for watersports in North Palm Beach are around every corner, you just need to know where to look. Geared with these suggestions, get up and get out today. Your health - and your happiness - will thank you.

About the Author:
Dr. Sean Driscoll
Born and raised in Olean, NY, Dr. Sean Driscoll relocated to Florida 12 years ago. Dr. Driscoll majored in Athletic Training Sports Medicine at The University of Florida, and received his Doctor of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been treating patients with manual therapy for over 10 years and feels privileged to share the healing benefits of chiropractic with the people of South Florida.
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