Benefits of walking on a beach
Aside from the beautiful view of the ocean and the great people watching . . . there are 9 known health benefits of walking on the beach.
- Walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves around.
- Walking at a slower pace while your feet sink in sand requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging.
- Walking in sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces.
- Jogging in sand uses 1.6 times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces.
- Walking on a beach in the sand is so relaxing that most people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills, tracks or city streets. Pedometer steps increase without effort.
- Instead of pounding your joints and feet on hard pavement, sand acts as a natural cushion.
- Studies say that most of us our Vitamin D deficient. You will soak up natural Vitamin D from the sun as you stroll.
- Health advocates say that walking barefoot grounds us. At the very least, it reconnects us to nature’s beauty which helps reduce stress as life finds perspective.
- For most of us burning calories is one of the benefits of any exercise. One the primary benefits of walking on a beach is that you will use 20 to 50 percent more calories than you would walking at the same pace on a hard surface.
Create a breathe walk for yourself, as you walk, think of a personal mantra, something that up lifts you, I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am blissful, create a rhythm with your breath, your walk, your repetition of the expression of your self….feel the healing energy as it moves through your entire body….feel the sea air against your skin, how does that feel? How do the vibrancy of the water effect your vision…where is the light and where are the shadows…explore, go within, while going out…