Ah, the beach. Is there anything better? There’s just no place quite as relaxing, beautiful, or pleasant, and no place that combines the simple pleasures of unplugging and enjoying nature after lock-down for the last year. The beach helps us recharge!
Sunshine is an excellent source of vitamin D.
Most people get 80 to 90 percent of their daily dose of Vitamin D from sun exposure. According to the Harvard Medical School’s information, the most natural and substantial source of the vitamin depends on how much UVB light gets through to you. That light reacts with a cholesterol-related compound and metabolizes into vitamin D, which is essential for bone health, creates healthy skin, and may improve mental health.
Sand is a natural exfoliant.
Do you ever wonder why it feels so good to walk on sand? It’s because there are somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000 nerve endings in each foot that awaken when you walk across those tiny grains. Wet sand acts as a natural exfoliant and peels off dead skin cells from your feet (and really, anywhere else on your body), leaving them renewed and much softer. To take full advantage of sand’s rejuvenating qualities, take a walk near the water where the sand is “looser” and can wash over your feet.
Sunlight decreases depression.
Common sense would tell us that people tend to be happier in the warmer months and less so in the gloomier months, but it’s been scientifically proven that sunshine can make us more comfortable. A study found that the amount of sunlight people received directly affected their mood. With increased sunlight exposure, their serotonin levels increased, positively affecting factors such as stress, sleep, and appetite. Now, we’re not claiming that a lack of beach outings in your life will lead to symptoms of depression. The beach has got a lot of what your body needs, all in one beautiful place.
"More sunlight meant better moods; less sunlight leads to symptoms of depression."
A day at the beach gets you moving without even trying.
Going to the beach usually involves some sort of physical activity, right? Whether you’re swimming, jogging, surfing, playing soccer or beach volleyball, or simply walking through the sand to find a nice spot to lay out, rare is the day when you go to the beach and do absolutely no exercise. Walking on the beach is already a better workout than walking on concrete, “walking on sand requires 1.6-2.5 times more mechanical work than does walking on a hard surface at the same speed.”
Plus, it’s not like you’re just sitting pretty when engaging in some of these activities — you’re burning major calories by just going for a swim, for example. A leisurely swim can burn about 200 calories. Surfing? Just over 100. Frisbee? About the same. And beach volleyball is nearly 300. So ditch the gym — the beach is your new fitness friend. And with a much, much prettier view.
And perhaps most importantly, the beach decreases your stress level by helping you unplug.
Unplugging is good for the mind, body, and soul. Always staying plugged in has been associated with stress, loss of sleep, and depression. Let go of smartphones and allow yourself a technology-free escape to this oasis every once in a while to help you re-center. Seriously, don’t even try to bring your devices to the beach.
A short walk (on the beach or anywhere else) is also known to decrease stress and help you reset. So, if you’d like to feel at ease, unplug AND go for a leisurely walk on the beach — you’ve just treated yourself to the ultimate de-stressing combination.
A beach is a magical place that can recharge you and help you stay fit physically, mentally, and spiritually. For those reasons, we conclude that beach visits are remarkably healthy, not to mention pretty pleasant. Just remember to wear your sunscreen.