As a follow up to our article, “Health Benefits of Spending Time In Or Near the Ocean“, we thought we’d also highlight some of the health benefits of walking on the beach.
To us, walking on a gorgeous beach while on vacation is not work – it’s something we really look forward to and “gasp”, it may actually be beneficial to our health! How?
1. Sand is a natural exfoliant
Sand is rather coarse (yes, even sugar-soft sand!) and when walking on the beach, especially in moist sand, you are naturally exfoliating some of the skin on your feet. Be sure to follow up your walk with a nice coating of moisturizer to maximize the effect!
2. Walking barefoot on the beach can be “grounding”
There is an emerging science that claims walking barefoot on our electron-enriched earth (especially when humid or wet), will increase an individuals balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and possibly decrease inflammation. (see more on Grounding here)
3. It’s good exercise for your calves and feet
Because sand is soft and you sink into it as you walk, you’ll be using more of the muscles in your calves and feet, giving them a better workout than walking on a hard surface.
4. It’s relaxing and peaceful
The sound of the waves lapping the shore, seagulls calling, the sunshine gently caressing your face, ahhh… Many people report that they find walking on the beach to be quite relaxing, restorative and good for the ol’ blood pressure.
5. It burns more calories
A good walk on the beach can burn up to 50% more calories than walking on a hard surface, which can help with the fitness goals, especially if you like to enjoy a tropical beverage or two. One Pina Colada can contain a whopping 600+ calories so be sure to leave a bunch of footprints in the sand to keep rockin’ that beach bod!
Do you know of other health benefits of walking on the beach? Tell us about them!
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