It’s true - sadly, the end of summer is approaching. (Although not so sad because I’m obsessed with Fall and Halloween ;-). Even though we’re in the last weeks of summer, it’s not too late to make the most of it and soak up every moment of beach bliss.
Not only is the beach a fun and relaxing place to spend time with your loved ones, but there are also plenty of health benefits from spending time on the sand and under the sun.
Here are 5 reasons why spending time at the beach is good for you:
1. Salt water is great for your skin.
The salt water in the ocean is packed with minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium, which absorbs the toxins in the body and on the skin, healing cuts, burns, scrapes, and getting rid of acne-causing bacteria. And with the help of a little sand, you can naturally exfoliate your skin, scrubbing away dead skin and letting your pores breathe. Just make sure to reapply sunscreen after a dip in the water!
2. You can leisurely walk to clear your mind.
The beach can be great for socializing, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break and go on a relaxing walk to be one with yourself, the sand, and the water. A walk on the beach doesn’t have to require a Fitbit or another fitness app - in fact, it might be more beneficial to go “tech-free” so you can unplug and clear the mind. Especially if you live in a fast-paced city on a regular basis, it’s nice to be on a walk where you’re not in a rush or in a race. Stop every now and then for some seashells, take a look out at the water, sit down, and/or meditate.
3. The sun is a great source of vitamin D.
The most natural and substantial source of vitamin D comes from sunlight. Vitamin D is important for bone health, it creates healthy skin, and there have been studies that show it may improve mental health. Of course, there is a delicate balance because sunscreens can block the sun’s rays that are needed for vitamin D exposure, but it is also important to apply enough sunscreen to avoid sun damage. Everyone is different, so it’s best to speak with your doctor to find out a sun plan that works best for you. (Usually about 10-15 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun does the trick to get the vitamin D you need.)
4. A sand workout is tough and is fun with a group.
Have you ever tried running on the beach? Not as easy as it looks, huh? A recent study showed that running in the sand requires 1.6 times more energy expenditure than running on a flat surface. So you end up burning more calories because of extra effort and muscle engagement. It’s also fun to try a group fitness routine on the beach, as opposed to your regular gym class that takes place indoors. Group fitness on the beach offers a new terrain, a beautiful view, and calming outdoor sounds (especially if it’s early enough in the morning before the crowds rush onto the beach and before it gets too hot).
5. It’s a great place to get your snooze on.
There’s nothing better than falling asleep to reading a really great book on the beach - listening to the waves crashing on the shore. Sleep deprivation can lead to unregulated hunger, causing an increase in appetite and cravings for foods high in calories and carbs. Just remember to stay under an umbrella so you’re in the shade when you doze off - don’t want to wake up to a sunburnt surprise ;-).
Pictured: Zahara Swim Monte-Carlo One Piece
To help take advantage of the health benefits of being on the beach this summer (there’s still time!), I’ve partnered with Zahara Swim and am offering $20 off your first order at www.zaharaswim.com! Just use the code “BESTIE” upon checkout.
So get your swimwear, sit back, and soak in the last moments of summer bliss.