Why being on the ocean and visiting beaches are healthy.. No really, it’s science…
Sand between your toes, waves gently crashing along the shore, smell of the ocean. Warm sunlight touching your skin, blue skies, miles of endless beach sand…. Sailing on the water, boat gently swaying on the ocean, a calm sea breeze in your hair… It sound dreamy and tempting right? There is a biological urge and explanation of why our bodies crave water and nature…
Because science recommends it.
Why the beach and ocean is healthy
In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, pointed to the restorative environment of the beach and ocean
“Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than gyms, entertainment venues and the built urban environment,” said Hipp.
His study goes further to suggest that we require specific conditions in that beachside environment to achieve the fully-desired restorative effect and make the most of this healing experience.
“Mild temperature days and low tides offer the most restorative environments when visiting the beach,” he said.
“Beachgoers visiting on a day nearly 3 degrees (F) warmer than average were 30 percent less likely to perceive the beach or coastal park as restorative, compared with those visiting on average or cooler than average days.”
As we are all aware of the risks of too much sun exposure, we need it too in moderation.
When your skin is directly exposed to the sun, your body makes vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet and supplements, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, “your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.”
In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.
Still keep in as much moderation as possible and take precautions. When you do head out into the sun for more than a few minutes, remember to wear protective clothing and apply a good environmentally friendly sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.
Did you know, that the soles of your feet have more sweat glands and nerve-endings per square centimetre than any other part of your body, interesting right? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?
Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. And according to Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, you may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” argues Zucker, reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.
And in a study focused on running and walking on the sand, researchers found that walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface.
“Our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface,” said study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D.
Plus, what is a beach walk without some beach sand between your toes.
Ocean water contains high levels of various natural minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify. Water has an amazing calming effect as well..
Swimming and being in or surrounded by water is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.
Apart from the therapeutic effects, swimming provides excellent physical exercise, employing most of our major muscle groups, especially as the water provides gentle resistance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks as the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States. Among other aerobic activities (like running and bicycling), swimming and sailing for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and boost heart health.
And since it’s a non-impact sport, swimming offers a great way for people with injuries to get some exercise. For sufferers of arthritis, water-based exercise can help improve joint pain symptoms.
4. Mental wellness
Being out on the water puts you in a good mood not just because of the calmness of the water but because of the salty air. The saltiness of the sea air is composed of charged ions that aid in the body’s oxygen absorption, which in turn balances serotonin levels. The more balanced your body’s serotonin levels are, the happier you’re going to be.
5. Lowers stress levels
The swooshing and splashing of water, the rhythmic movement of the yacht and the sound of the wind in the sails can all affect brainwave patterns. This relaxes and soothes a busy and highly stressed-out mind. Hence why we feel so relaxed when out sailing.
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