The Physical and Mental Healing Health Benefits of The beach
The sun is shining, the temperature is soaring, schools out and our thoughts turn to the seaside.
We can all dream about a sweep of golden sand with waves gently lapping the shore. Intrinsically we know the sea shore is good for us and we can all benefit from spending quality time by the coast. And most importantly we don’t need good weather to ‘MAX OUT’ on the benefits - the beach is good for us come rain or shine. This time of year might encourage you down to the ocean but once down there you will immediately feel the health benefits and introducing a regular ‘seaside’ recharge into your lifestyle can help you achieve these benefits all year round.
Theories abound as to why the sea improves our mood and general well-being';
Clear away stale thoughts and refreshes the mind and body
Sea air is much cleaner it contains higher levels of negatively charged ions (atoms that have an extra electron) giving them a negative charge. These not only clear the air of allergens, spores and bacteria they also increase oxygen absorption into your lungs, leaving you feeling recharged and refreshed.
Burn more calories
It’s harder to walk on the uneven terrain of sand, so you burn 20% - 50% more calories.
Pain and stress relief
This cleaner air also allows for better breathing thanks to reducing sinus pain or a tight chest. The rhythm of the waves and the rhythm of your breath also helps to reduce tension and aid relaxation.
Aids relaxation and a good nights sleep
Sea air helps with sleep as it is full of magnesium. Your body needs this essential mineral in abundance to enjoy restful sleep and the sea is packed with it. Spending time swimming or even just paddling in the ocean will give your body a chance to absorb some of this mighty mineral.
Walking on the sand stimulates the pressure points on the soles of your feet.
Achieve true grounding
Walking without shoes along the beach, the sand between your toes, is one of life’s simple pleasures and a great way to keep fit, but there’s another important benefit you might not know about… grounding. The theory goes, when your body connects to the negatively charged sand, it allows you to release any built-up positive charge you may have accumulated from your environment, such as electromagnetic field energy from the use of electrical devices, and sand is said to be one of the best surfaces to achieve true grounding.
Gazing out over the horizon also helps you to ‘get perspective’, opening up your mind to different possibilities and allowing you to ‘let go’ of negative thoughts.
Spending time on the beach is good for the body and soul so get down there and reap the benefits whatever the weather.