Maybe you’ve always dreamt of moving to the beach, or you imagine a life where you can gaze across the ocean while the waves break against the shore. Whether you’re looking for a place to permanently retire, or somewhere to escape from the concrete jungle city you currently live in, living by the ocean is not only a beautiful option, but it can positively impact your overall mental and physical health!

Keep reading for our 6 reasons to live near the beach for your health.

  1. It helps relieve stress

Have you ever listened to ocean waves as you fell asleep and felt a wash of calm overcome your body and brain? There’s a reason for this! According to Huffington Post, people who float in water often can tell a difference in their brans moving from highly active brainwaves to what is referred to as theta brainwaves that help us relax. Wallace Nichols, marine biologist and author of the book Blue Mind, told Quartz, “Most communities are built near bodies of water not just for practical reasons, but because as humans, we’re naturally drawn to blue space…but even if you aren’t in an area where there is easy access to water, you can still experience [its] emotional benefits,” says Nichols. “This deep biological connection has been show to trigger an immediate response if our brains when we’re near water. In fact, the mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart and induce relaxation.” Talk about a win-win, right?

  1. It’s good for your lungs

According to The Wall Street Journal scientists have found that salty ocean air is great for our lungs. Ocean air helped several patients with various ailments clear improve their lung health, and reported not only an easier time breathing, but fewer lung-related flare-ups overall. Ocean air is reportedly also great for people who suffer from asthma as it makes it easier to manage asthma attacks. Similar to the effects of popular “float tanks”, floating on salt water can also help you feel less stressed and allows you to

  1. It can make your workouts more fun

When the beach is your gym, who wouldn’t want to go to the gym? Not only does the ocean help calm you down and help you focus on the task at hand, there’s plenty of different exercises you can do to shake things up. Run through the waves along the beach for a resistance workout, or if you have arthritis or persistent muscle pain that makes traditional workouts difficult, you may find that a water workout can help you stay fit without the muscle and mental strain of going to a traditional gym or running on a track. If you’re not sure where to start, try some simple movements to start, like jogging in place, treading water in a deeper area, or just swimming back and forth through the gentle waves. The best part? When you’re done with your workout, you can lounge in the sun on a towel and dry off! Just don’t forget the sunscreen, and reapply often if you plan on being in the sun for more than an hour.

  1. You can soak up some extra vitamin D

Speaking of the sun, did you extra vitamin D can improve your health? The beach is the perfect place to soak up some extra rays.  Regular sun exposure is the best way to get enough vitamin D into our systems, and because so many of us spend our time when the sun is out indoors (ie. at the office) we frequently aren’t getting as much as we should be. In fact, according to Healthline, and estimated 40% of American adults have a deficiency in vitamin D. Just be mindful of how much sun your skin can handle! If you have a darker complexion you can spend more time in the sun, but if you have fair skin it may be good to hop under the shade of an umbrella more frequently. And once again, don’t forget the sunscreen!

  1. Salt water has various benefits

Did you know salt is naturally antibacterial? It’s true, and this makes it great for any skin ailments you may have, including acne, sores, cuts or scrape. A quick dip in the ocean can help clean these for you and can even promote faster healing. Salt water can also help relax muscles and inflammation. Ocean water also has a significantly higher amount of minerals compared to other bodies of water, like lakes or rivers. Oceans have sodium, calcium, magnesium and sulphate in them, which can be helpful in healing, or at least soothing, skin issues like psoriasis or eczema, as well as other immune system related health conditions.

  1. It boosts creativity!

The ocean can help you improve your mental health, motivation and creativity. Being at the beach can help you clear your headspace and focus on what makes you happy, what is important to you, or just general problem-solving. Taking some time to find that spark within you that maybe isn’t as strong as it once was is a perfect way to improve your thought patterns and reconnect with your inner self in a beautiful, and calming space. Give it a try, what can it hurt?

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