Posted on 4/10/2023 by Southern Shores Realty

10 Healthy Benefits of the Beach

Spending time on the beach is a valuable luxury that can offer several great physical, mental and emotional advantages. In addition to the calming stroll by the shore, the relaxing warmth of the summer sunlight coating your skin, or simply just overall great memories, these 10 health perks are just a few of the many benefits of spending a day on the beach.

1.     Stress Reduction

Studies have shown that engaging with nature in places such as the beach, has shown that people will have an increased sense of safety, ultimately resulting in increased relaxation. Through the rising notion of the comfortable, safe feeling, blood pressure is lowered as well as stress hormone levels.

2.     Change of Scenery

Getting away from the normal pattern of everyday life is another great tool for managing stress. Being at the beach can put you in a completely different environment that can benefit your overall well-being. Additionally, a study in the International Journal of Mental Health showed that being in blue spaces, such as by the beach, has shown positive impacts on mental health and depression. Immersing oneself in such a novel, beneficial surrounding as the beach is a great way to improve your mental well-being.

3.     Exercise

Spending a day on the beach is a fantastic way to get in a healthy, alternative workout. Running or walking on the sand can help engage the legs differently than the normal treadmill or walking on the pavement as the sand engages with the stabilization and strength of joints and muscles. Similarly, swimming or wading through the waves is another fantastic exercise that’s hard to find anywhere else but on the beach!

4.     Healthy Air

The sweet scent of the salt air on the beach has a ton of health benefits as well! Breathing in salt air has been shown to improve respiratory illnesses such as cystic fibrosis, bronchitis, asthma, sinuses and the general immune system.

5.     Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that directly assists in immune health through resistance to diseases, combatting depression, as well as the development and strength of bones and teeth. One of the premier sources of getting in the daily dose of vitamin D is sunlight exposure. Soaking in the sun rays by the beach is a great way to ensure ample vitamin D intake. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

6.     Salt Water Healing

Salt water can contribute to our bodies’ health through its healing attributes. Whether it is cuts, sores, or immune deficiencies, simply breathing in, or immersing oneself in the salt water can assist in helpful restoration.

7.     Grounding

The peaceful, easy-going aura that sweeps over you as you feel the sand between your toes ties into the scientifically backed practice of “grounding.” Grounding works through electrical conductivity through the body’s cells when in contact with the earth. Studies for grounding have shown that the practice has provided improvements in the reduction of pain, mood improvement and fatigue reduction.

8.     Unwind

Let’s face it, life can get pretty hectic. Taking time to relax and embrace being in the beach environment is a great way to separate oneself from the routine stressors of life. Allowing oneself to immerse in the sounds of the rhythmic crash of the waves or embracing the clean, salty air are just two of the many ways that you can take a step back and unwind in the pleasing ambiance of the ocean.

9.     Skin Rejuvenation

If the mood-boosting benefits of the beach were not enough, the beach also assists with improving skin health. The sand works as a natural exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and providing you with a smooth, glowing look. In addition to the sand’s usefulness, salt water also plays a role in improving skin health. Soaking up the salt water supplies the body with helpful nutrients such as magnesium and zinc, which have antibacterial applications that help alleviate certain skin conditions.

10.   Sleep

Nothing beats a post-beach day sleep. The lingering feeling of the sun on your skin and the drowsy feeling from a day full of fun culminates into a perfect night’s sleep. Being on the beach aids in relaxation and mood improvement, thus resulting in an improved night of sleep. For example, one study found that participants who engaged in a stroll along the beach slept an average of 47 minutes longer than those who did not walk by the beach. Embracing a refreshing, post-beach sleep can boost your immune system, reduce stress and simply improve overall well-being. 

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