Apart from being a place of recreation, it turns out that the beach provides many benefits for your health. Thus the results of a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology.
“Studies have shown that natural attractions such as beaches have more benefits than fitness centers or urban entertainment centers,” said J.Aaron Hipp, Ph.D, one of the researchers quoted from Medical Daily. What are the benefits?
Sunlight provides vitamin D
We all know, too often the skin is exposed to sunlight is not good for health. However, sunlight still has benefits.
When the skin is exposed to sunlight, our bodies produce vitamin D, a ‘tool’ that plays an important role in calcium absorption and the formation of strong bones. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 minutes of sun exposure provides a daily dose of vitamin D.
Meanwhile, the Vitamin D Council says the body can produce 10 thousand to 25 thousand IU of vitamin D when you sunbathe until your skin color is slightly pinkish. In addition, sunlight can increase the production of endorphins and protect the body from autoimmune diseases.
To keep your skin protected, don’t forget to apply a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or more.
Walking in the sand strengthens leg muscles
A study shows walking or running on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 more energy than walking on solid surfaces. So, walking on the sand is good for strengthening your leg muscles.
Not only that. It’s a good idea to walk on the sand barefoot. According to Martin Zuncker, author of “Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?”, walking barefoot can transmit important mood-generating energy from the earth into the body.
“Earthing” or “earthly” reconnects with the true energy of the earth, which has been forgotten due to modern lifestyles.
Detox and keep your heart healthy by swimming in sea water
Sea water contains various types of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iodine. These minerals, among others, function to cure infections, as a detoxification tool, and provide therapeutic effects.
Swimming can reduce stress, depression, and anxiety
In addition to mental health effects, swimming is also efficacious in the formation of body muscles considering that water has a fairly high resistance. By swimming for at least two and a half hours per week, you can reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve heart health.
With the combination of the benefits of sea water and swimming, it feels like your body is ready to face various obstacles when returning to your routine.
Source: Compass Travel