It always appears that the people living at the beach are happier and healthier. So much so, that you desire to live at the beach and be one of these happy, healthy beach dwellers. As it turns out, you’ve been right, living at the beach IS better for your health.
According to a study by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exter in England, those living near the beach are healthier than their non-coastal counterparts. The report included 48 million people and took into account age, gender and socio-economic status. The results were conclusive; you will be healthier if you live at the beach!
So what about seaside living promotes wellness? Here are our 6 reasons why:
Do you feel relaxed when you walk out toward crashing waves, feeling the sand between your toes, and feeling the salty sea air mist across your face? Well, so does everyone else. According to author and scientist, Wallace J. Nichols, being at the sea has been proven to inspire creative thoughts, encourage compassionate thinking, and reduce anxiety. Learn more about the calming affects of the sea in his book, “Blue Mind”.
- An Active Lifestyle
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your beach vacation? Go for a walk along the shore. So it’s no surprise that people living near the sea are more active. Between kayaking, surfing, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling, there’s plenty to keep you active in the ocean. Beyond the ocean there’s biking and walking paths, outdoor shopping, and social activities.
- Salty Air
You’ve probably noticed that you’re a little more excited and upbeat when you’re at the beach. It’s not in your head. Ocean air contains negatively charged hydrogen ions that absorb oxygen, making the air more oxygen rich. This air helps to balance out serotonin levels, creating more energy and combating depression.
The sea air also improves the respiratory system, especially for those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure or a cough. You’ll literally breathe easier living at the beach.
- More Vitamin D
When you live at the beach you spend a lot of time outside. That extra vitamin D you’re getting from the sun improves your autoimmune system, lowers your risk of cancer, increases endorphins, and improves bone health. Just be sure to apply and reapply your sunscreen and you’ll be in great health in no time!
- Salty Swims
After a day paddling around in the ocean I bet you had a great night sleep. That’s because seawater contains high levels of magnesium that helps relax muscles and helps induce sleep. Swimming in the ocean also boosts your immune system, hydrates and your skin, and improves your circulation.
- A Healthy, Fish-Rich Diet
Living at the beach gives you access to lots of affordable sea life. Eating fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and B2, has a long list of benefits. Including lowering blood pressure and helping to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke; preventing inflammation and reducing the risk of arthritis; and decreasing the risk of dementia, depression, and Alzheimer’s.
Ready to live a happy, healthy life at the beach?