Most people can agree that beaches are some of Earth’s greatest natural features. Homeowners pay a lot of money to live near a beach, people flock to sunny beachside locations on vacations, and when retirement age hits, people go off to warm coastal areas.
While we may not consciously be able to pinpoint the exact reasons why we feel so happy and relaxed after a day at the beach, it truly does have many positive effects on a person.
Here are a few surprising health benefits of going to the beach!
Sand Makes a Great Workout
A beach is a great place for a workout! Research shows that walking on the beach is a better workout than walking on concrete since you must work harder to move through the sand, even if you’re moving at the same speed. Walking on the sand also requires more energy than walking on a hard surface, even at the same speed. Take a long beach walk for a feel-good workout!
Reduce Arthritis Symptoms
Spending some time in the ocean water may help reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Saltwater dehydrates inflamed cells in the body, reducing inflammation. Salt can be absorbed into the skin as you soak in the water, reducing swelling and pain.
Get Your Daily Vitamin D
One of the essential vitamins in our diets is vitamin D; however, very little of it gets absorbed through the consumption of foods. Fortunately, spending just ten minutes outside in the sun can allow a person to absorb their daily dose of vitamin D directly through their skin!
Enjoy Better Sleep
For people with insomnia looking for a natural remedy, the beach is a great place to try! The beach helps relieve three key factors that inhibit sleep: high stress and anxiety levels, lack of physical fatigue, and hormonal imbalances.
Not only do you feel immediately relaxed upon setting foot on the beach, but you get great exercise even from just walking on the beach! Additionally, the sun and lowered stress levels immediately help regulate a person’s hormones, making it far easier later that night to get a peaceful and deep sleep.
Enjoy all the health benefits a beach offers by booking a stay in York Beach, Maine! Sands by the Sea has the perfect accommodations for you and your family to enjoy a stress-free vacation on the beautiful beaches of southern Maine.