4 Health Reasons Why You Need a Beach Vacation

While there are many downsides to living near the ocean (life-threatening storms, pollution, tourists, etc.) there are actually some healthy benefits to being next to that beautiful blue haven.

Have time to plan a last blast to the ocean? We’d advise you take it—but not for the fun, it’s for your health. No really. Take a look at this list and convince your friends or family that this is a necessary trip.

Breath in that Ocean Air
First, let’s start with the obvious. It’s relaxing. (They don’t make noise machines that mimic ocean sounds for no reason.) The mesmerizing in and out of the waves can easily clear one’s mind.

We also sleep more soundly after breathing in ocean air because it’s charged with healthy ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. These negative ions also balance out our levels of serotonin—a chemical linked with mood and stress.

It’s even been suggested that being near the ocean could be used as a form of therapy. How’s that for Mother Nature paying it forward?

It’s in Our Blood
According to Michael Crawford of the University of North London, our ancient ancestors were devoted to the sea because of the rich food source offered from the water—this diet which was rich in omega-3 fatty acids promoted exponential brain growth—which supposedly separated us from our ape ancestors of the forest. We inherently know that being near the ocean is good for us, so we seek out the fish and the sea naturally.

Applying this to us today, scientists have discovered that people who eat fish regularly are less likely to suffer from depression. So, scoot up to the table and add a tasty fish dinner to your vacation schedule.

Get that Post-Vacation Glow
Being the largest organ in your body, when your skin feels renewed your entire body will feel awesome. Ocean water will leave your skin smooth and rejuvenated since the water detoxifies and cellular regeneration is being promoted while you soak up the sun.

And contrary to what it may sound like, swimming in saltwater actually keeps your skin hydrated and can sooth irritated skin (like eczema, acne and psoriasis).

That Vacation Workout Counts for More
Obviously jogging by the beach just sounds cooler than jogging on a path, but the sand adds resistance meaning you’ll burn more calories when jogging on the beach—supposedly up to 1.6 times more. Running on the sand also forces us to use a fuller range of motion that will stretch your muscles more.

Not a runner? Swimming against the current also offers resistance to give you a great workout. Just beware of riptides and drop-offs—there are certainly added dangers to exercising outside of the comfort of you health club or neighborhood.