Reasons to go to the beach
Remember this, B.E.A.C.H. = Best Escape Anyone Can Have
It is often said that life is better by the beach… but as it turns out, there may be something to that claim. Walking along the sandy shores, dipping your toes in the water and watching the sun sink into the ocean might be good for your physical and mental well-being.
Sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D. Many of us are Vitamin D deficient, especially in the winter. Sunlight has also been shown to decrease depression. The Emerald coast happens to be a very sunny place.
Seawater helps preserve your skin’s elasticity. Did you know the ocean is full of anti-aging minerals that can counter the decline of your skin’s elasticity? That is a good reason to go for a swim!
Being at the beach forces you to unplug, which lowers your stress levels. Sure, you might snap a picture or two to put on Facebook later… but if you are at the beach, you won’t be glued to your phone answering work emails… at least we hope you don’t.
You will sleep better after spending the day by the sea. After a few hours of beach activities, your body will be primed for better sleep.
Going to the beach can improve your body’s ability to fight off infections. The iodine in ocean water is a wonderful immune system booster. It’s a natural antiseptic and even helps boost the function of your thyroid gland. You’ll notice a painful sting when an open cut is exposed to saltwater, and that’s a sign that your wound is being cleansed – keep in mind this applies to small cuts and scrapes, not open wounds.
You’ll have ample opportunities to exercise, which is great for your physical health. If you’re looking to get into better shape, try jogging at the beach—the sand will make running tougher and you’ll break a sweat sooner – make sure to wear shoes, running barefoot can actually wear and tear the skin. There’s also surfing, swimming, volleyball or a good old-fashioned brisk walk.
The sand is a natural exfoliant for your skin. You’ll slough off dead skin cells on your feet and hands without even trying.
The color blue is a subconscious soother. The arousal mechanism stimulated by blue’s wavelengths correlates to the release of neurotransmitters associated with feelings of euphoria. So, looking at the ocean is relaxing. It’s science! We sure do believe it.
Are your joints stiff? There is evidence that minerals in the ocean reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis patients who use bath salts tend to experience fewer flare-ups. Guess what else can reduce arthritis symptoms? You guessed it: Vitamin D.
You’ll reconnect with yourself and your spirit. Whether or not you’re a spiritual person, there’s something about being by the ocean that puts you into a meditative state. The vastness of the sea, expansive horizon, and beautiful surroundings make you truly appreciate nature, and you’ll leave feeling more at peace. Of course, you don’t need an excuse to book a trip to beautiful Emerald Coast beaches. But knowing that you’ll actually be doing your body and mind a favor doesn’t hurt.
Please note, these are our opinionated reasons, and may not be scientific or medical accurate…we just love the beach and believe these reasons to be true and wanted to share them with you.
We would love to end with this quote; “To escape and sit quietly on the beach – that’s my idea of paradise.” – Emilia Wickstead