Enjoying the view of the endless sea, horizon and the warm sand, it is quite a thing isn’t it? It sounds pretty attractive, especially for us who spend a lot of time indoors, well it is just as good as it sounds!
But if you think these reasons aren’t enough for you to spend some time at the beach, then keep reading below and see how you can improve your overall health with the sand, sun and the surf.
Health Benefits of the Beach
According to a study that was published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, whose author is J. Aaron Hipp, who is a professor at the Brown School and a Ph.D environmental health expert, the beach is very beneficial for our overall health.
Professor J. Aaron Hipp reported that, the waterfront and beaches are far more beneficial and have more restorative benefits than entertainment venues, built urban environments and gyms.
Also he claims that in order to achieve the full restorative effect from the beach, certain specific conditions are required.
“Low tides and mild temperature days are offering the most restorative effects when you are at the beach”, reported Hipp.
People who are visiting the beach when the temperature is only 3 degrees (F) above the average, are 30% less likely to experience the restorative benefits of it, compared to the ones who were visiting the beach on cooler or average days.
All of us are aware that excessive exposure to the sun ca be harmful, but some sun rays can be highly beneficial as well!
When we are exposed to the sun our body is producing more vitamin D, which is the key vitamin to improve our calcium absorption and make our bones stronger. Maybe the bigger part comes from the diets and the food we consume, but also a a great deal of it comes from the sun exposure too. According to the Mayo Clinic, only 10 minutes are enough to supply our body with the needed daily dose of vitamin D. The vitamin D council reported that our body is able to produce 10,000 -- 25,000 IU of vitamin D by the time your skin starts to appear pink in the sun.
Also there is another study, in which it was proven that the exposure to the sun is beneficial, since it is increasing the vitamin D production, therefore it is decreasing the risk of autoimmune diseases and elevates the endorphins.
However, avoid excessive exposure to the sun, because that way you are decreasing the risk of skin cancer. So, if you are planning to stay a little bit longer than a few minutes in the sun, make sure you apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or above, or wear some clothing.
Did you know that our feet soles have more nerve endings and sweat glands on a square centimeter than any other body part? And also, did you know that walking barefoot will stimulate them more than walking with shoes?
When you walk barefoot on the sand, you are not only stimulating your nerve endings, but also you will boost the endurance and strength of your feet muscles as well, which are not mostly used when you are walking in shoes. The author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery, Martin Zucker reported that you might be connected to the earth a lot better when you are barefoot, and getting all the mood-boosting benefits from it. In this writing, Zucker explains how our bodies connect to the ever-present energy of our Earth, which was almost diminished because of our modern lifestyles.
According to a study, which was focused on walking and running on sand, the experts discovered that we are using 1,6 -- 2,5 times more energy, then we are running or walking on a hard surface. This was also reported by the co-author of the study, Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune.
If it is too challenging for you to run on the sand and it seems too hard, then try the sand that is nearest to the water, that is harder and requires less energy.
The sea water is rich in many minerals, such as iodine, potassium and magnesium. All of these minerals are able to help you fight against infections, detox our body, heal it and offer some therapeutic effects as well.
According to studies, you can decrease the depression and anxiety with swimming and water-based experiences, as well as relieve from the elevated sense of well-being and stress as well.
Besides that the swimming has therapeutic effects, it is also able to provide some quite amazing physical exercises, because it is including every single muscle, and the effects are even stronger if the water is providing a little bit of resistance.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) claim that the swimming is the fourth most popular sport in the U.S at the moment. Swimming is also able to decrease the risk of chronic diseases, and improve our heart health, just as the bicycling and running.
Since the swimming is a non-impact sport, it is perfect for people who had injuries to exercise and maintain their shape. Water-based exercises are best for people who are dealing with arthritis, they can relieve from the joint pain.