Health Benefits of the Ocean

by Claudia Collins

IMG_0283Health Benefits of the Ocean

The therapeutic benefits of a day at the beach cannot go unnoticed! The natural elements sand, surf, and sun have always been major reasons why people have longed to build their homes along the shores of the clear, blue ocean. The sounds, smells, and sights that are witnessed on the water’s edge always seem to offer a relief from our daily tensions and instill a sense of inner peace and tranquility.

The Sand

Walking barefoot on white, sandy beaches is almost addictive, feeling the squishing sensation of the sand between our toes. It is like walking on a cloud. But many are completely unaware that this form of exercise is perhaps one of the best for the lower body. It tones your legs and buttocks while providing a cushion that reduces stress on the joints. Running on the beach is a very popular training method for professional athletes of all kinds of sports.

The Surf

We all feel a sense of awe and wonder when we hear the gentle sounds of the ocean waves. The surf has long been a remedy for those suffering from insomnia, acting as a sort of natural sleeping pill. Swimming provides a terrific overall workout as well. It actually takes nearly every muscle in the human body to swim. This is a major reason why all of our Olympic swimmers and divers have such great physiques.

The Sun

Basking in the sunshine of the beach has always been a popular pastime. The energy of the sun provides us with a revitalizing and re-energizing affect, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Believe it or not, there is scientific evidence to support this fact. Sunlight provides us with a natural resource for Vitamin D. A day at the ocean with Vitamin D streaming down can provide an essential ingredient that enhances our immune system while also helping us to fight everything from heart disease to arthritis and osteoporosis.

Claudia Collins

As a Fitness Nurse, I am dedicated to a complete healthy lifestyle which encompasses all aspects of one’s life including the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realm.I believe that our bodies were designed to be active and to move for total health.I believe that our bodies were designed eat whole foods instead of processed, chemical laden foods to run properly and optimally.

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