When was the last time you went to the beach? There’s nothing better than spending a long day laying on the warm sand. Well, these trips to the beach are more than beneficial for your body.
This was confirmed in a study released in the Journal of environmental Psychology. It turns out that the beach has restorative benefits.
“Many studies have proven that natural environments such as waterfronts and beaches can offer more benefits to humans than the gyms, built urban environment and entertainment venues,” J. Aaron Hipp, A Ph.D. the author of the study, an environmental expert and an assistant professor at the Brown School, explained. “The most restorative environment at the beach is when the tides are low and the day temperatures are mild. People who were visiting the beach, on a day that was about 3 (F) warmer, than other days, have 30% decreased chance to perceive the coastal park or beach as restorative, comparing to the ones that were visiting the beach when it was colder.”
The beach makes us happy, freed and stress-free. It’s as if the water and the sand have washed away all your stress.
“ Both the sun and the waves combined work to completely relax your body, release you from your aches, and free you from daily stresses,” an article from The Facts Site reads. “Not only is serotonin almost immediately released when you arrive on the beach, (serotonin is a key hormone for relaxation and happiness), but the sound and visuals of the beach and ocean are simply so soothing and peaceful. It’s for the calming effects of the sound that crashing waves are often chosen for sleep machines. Additionally, light therapy is something that’s actually prescribed by doctors and therapists to help patient’s combat anxiety and stress.”
The beach can do wonders to your body. Here are some of the benefits it provides.
Spend enough time in the sun to increase your vitamin D level. Sun exposure increases the absorption of calcium and makes your bones strong. It also prevents congestive heart failure, heart attacks, stroke and other health conditions.
Spend at least 10 minutes in the sun to give your body the right amount of vitamin D. The sun prevents the development autoimmune diseases and boosts endorphin levels.
However, don’t spend too much time in the sun, otherwise you’ll increase your risk of skin cancer. Always wear sunscreen and comfortable clothes that allows your skin to breathe.
Most nerve endings are located in your soles. Beach walks boost your mood and strengthen your feet. Walk on hard surface requires 1.6 to 2.5 times less energy than walking on warm sand.
“More mechanical work is performed by our muscles, when we are walking or running on sand, compared to when we are walking or running on a hard surface,” Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D. explains.
Seawater is rich in iodine, potassium, magnesium, and other mineral that cleanse the body and relieve the symptoms of infections. The sounds of waves soothe your body and mind, increasing the production of serotonin and dopamine. The sea is blue, and this color improves your mood and calms your mind.
Salt in seawater heals wounds, cuts and sores. This is great for your acne, pimples and blackheads. It’s an excellent exfoliator for the scalp, removing hair oil.
Swimming is an excellent physical activity for your entire body. It helps you burn 414 calories per hour. It relieves joint pain, lowers the risk of chronic disease and treats the symptoms of arthritis.
Spend at least two hours at the beach to enjoy all the benefits. It will help you sleep and feel better. Now is the time to go to the nearest beach.
Enjoy your day!