The beach. A blissful place to be, the sound of the waves hitting the shore, the sand between your toes and the occasional beach balls hitting you in the head. Wonderful, simply wonderful.
Today it was 34 degrees C in New York (93 F), which meant I was sweating like a whore in a church just by breathing, let alone if I would attempt some minor activity such as getting myself a cold drink. All in all, a great reason to go to the beach (because when you sweat on the beach people will probably assume you just went for a swim, hah tricked the system once again).
Personally, I don’t even need a reason to go to the beach. I would happily spend the rest of my days chilling by the water, exfoliating my skin with sand and playing beach ball with Sebastian the crab. Unfortunately, I happen to have career goals, so Sebastian will have to wait until I am retired (and old enough to talk to crabs without being judged).
Even though the beach is mostly just considered a fun pass-time, it has a lot of benefits for your health as well! Hence, we should get special days of for it. Health is important. Without further ado, here are some benefits of going to the beach:
1. It is great for your skin!
Sea salt helps to cleanse pores deeply, balances oil production and thwart bacteria. Those nasty things can instigate breakouts and acne. Also sand acts as a natural exfoliant, it gets rid of the dead skin and let’s your skin breathe. Therefore, A trip to the beach can help you get that glowy, healthy skin.
2. Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is very useful to your body for many reasons. The intake is vitamin D is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption. It helps you maintain healthy teeth and bones. Furthermore, vitamin D supports the immune system, the brain and the nervous system, regulates insulin, supports lung functions and cardiovascular health!
3. You’ll probably get some exercise!
Even though the beach is considered a relaxing get away, people tend to be pretty active. Weather you like beach volleyball or prefer going for a swim, there are many activities you can do at the beach. And unless you are one of those people who only come to the beach to tan, you’ll probably do a sneaky workout without even noticing it.
4. It is good for your feet!
The soles of our feet have over 200,000 nerve endings. When you walk barefoot on the sand the soles of your feet get much more stimulation. Due to the constant shifting of the sand underneath the feet, you are forced to use muscles that normally remain unused when you wear shoes. So it is basically a workout for your feet.
5. The air at the beach is good for you!
The air at the beach contains a lot of negative ions. These negative ions boost your immune system and help balance the serotonin levels in your body. This improves your mood, reduces your stress levels and also helps you sleep better!
All in all, going to the beach has a lot of health benefits. So if you didn’t have enough reasons to hit the beach, now you do. Say hi to Sebastian the crab for me, I’m sure he misses me greatly.