Why is going to the beach good for my health?

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This may seem like a silly question but let’s take a look at some of the benefits and the scientific study around a trip to the seaside!

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This may seem like a silly question but let’s take a look at some of the benefits and the scientific study around a trip to the seaside!

Lets get physical

First, we should consider the physical attributes of visiting the beach.  Being outside generally means we are being more active.  Walking on the beach is in itself a better work out simply because the loose sand offers more resistance, increasing our effort.  

There are the positive effects created from more exposure to Sunlight and the extra Vitamin D it creates which is good for lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, and helping with things like rheumatoid arthritis and the reduction of physical pain.

Sunlight exposure also increases the production of a hormone called serotonin which helps increase our feelings of calmness and well being.

Wide, open spaces

Studies indicate that exposure to large open spaces help to decrease our stress levels.  Some research done by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health suggests that blue spaces have a greater positive effect on us than green spaces so a trip to the ocean may trump the local park or playing fields.

Living in a simulation

Virtual Reality (VR) has even made an impression using the beach to lower stress.  Researchers from the Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, and Birmingham in the United Kingdom found that dental patients who participated in a ‘virtual walk on the beach’ during a dental procedure reported lower levels of stress and pain.

The perception of cleaner air and environment has also shown positive benefits and the ocean water is full of minerals that are great for the skin and general health.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494411000612 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1353829216300119 https://neurosciencenews.com/dental-virtual-beach-6914/

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