I think we can all agree that we relaxing at a luxurious beachside resort is far better than our daily routine. However, there are a number of scientific theories as to why life is better at the beach.
Being in the sun enables our bodies to produce vitamin D, this in turn helps your bones to absorb calcium and strengthen.
Although the beach is typically associated with connotations of relaxation, you actually tend to be more active – swimming, taking a walk by the sea. The appeal of exciting watersports and activities that aren’t on offer at home such as diving in some of the most beautiful sites in the world (check out our feature on some of the best diving sites in Asia – ) as well as jetskiing, wake boarding etc.
The seaside encourages contemplation, allowing your mind to drift and clear of all of the worries that plague your thoughts at home. A clear mind, in turn, often results in creativity.
Being by the coast has its health benefits, too:
The sound of crashing waves is supposed to lull you into a deeper and more peaceful sleep. This intense relaxation rejuvenates the mind.
Swimming encourages blood flow around the body, relieving the pressure from your lower limbs which may also increase brain activity due to the fresh supply of oxygen.
Additionally, the negative ions present in the sea air increase our ability to absorb oxygen as well as balancing our serotonin (the hormone that controls our mood). This is just another way in which being by the sea can help to relieve stress and improve your mood.
Whilst in large amounts UV exposure can be dangerous, in small doses it can actually be used as treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The sea has its benefits for the skin too, improving its elasticity.
Studies conducted by Professor Michael Depledge and his team have shown that images containing an increased amount of water are preferable to the general public. They also found that people that live closer to the coast are healthier than those living further in-land.
Although some of these theories may seem far fetched, many of them have gone back as far as the Eighteenth Century. This was a time when doctors would prescribe trips to “bathing hospitals” as a form of treatment.
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