There are so many things to love about the beach. It’s not a surprise that so many people are in love with summer, as this is the perfect time to hit the seashore and frolic under the sun. But did you know that going to the beach is also beneficial to one’s health? Yes, it is! Here are more reasons why you should pack your bag and invite your family or friends to go to the beach with you.
Sun and Vitamin D
It’s true that the sun’s UV rays are harmful to health. But sunlight can also be beneficial as it manufactures vitamin D in the body. Visit the beach in the early morning before the sun’s heat becomes strong. Then wear sunscreen and stay under the shade after you’ve gotten your morning sun. About 15 minutes of sun exposure in the early morning is enough to benefit you. Make sure you avoid exposure anytime from 10 am to 2 pm.
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that gives the body a full workout. You also get to work on deep breathing, which improves the function of the body organs. And there is hardly any risk of injury. Have you ever heard of anyone spraining their ankle while swimming? Of course, there’s the danger of drowning or getting cramps but these can be avoided with proper precautionary measures. On top of that, swimming is enjoyable. It’s not like other forms of exercise that are tiring or tedious. You’ll never get bored of swimming especially if you do it with your family or friends.
Running on the Sand
Jogging is also a good workout. But unlike swimming, it can wear out the muscles in your legs. But did you know that beach jogging alleviates that problem? Jogging on sand doesn’t have as much negative impact on your leg muscles as jogging on pavement. But since the shifting sand provides a challenging the traction, you can expect full workout for your muscle groups. Even just walking around the beach can give you that benefit. For best results, jog or walk barefoot.
There’s nothing like the beach that can calm a racing mind. When was the last time you sat back and relaxed? If you say that you can’t remember, your stress levels are probably up to the roof. And that’s bad. High stress levels release toxins in the body that can lead to various kinds of health problems. Going to the beach can instantly soothe your psyche. Whether it’s sand building with the kids, playing Frisbee with your buddies, or simply staring at the waves crash on the sand – you can immediately get the gratifying relaxation that you badly need.
Apart from swimming and jogging, the beach holds countless of opportunities for physical activities. For one, there are lots of water sports that you can try like kayaking, canoeing, surfing and waterskiing. You can also play beach volleyball, throw some Frisbee or fly a kite. When you’re at the beach, you can’t resist moving around as there are plenty of things to do. When you get moving, not only do you benefit your physical health but you also improve your mood since physical activity triggers the release of the happy hormones like the endorphins.