Feeling Beachy: Benefits Of Beach Workouts
Being in Australia, we're blessed with being surrounded by beautiful Aussie beaches - there's no where else quite like them. So it's only natural that we're going to be spending a lot of time there! But have you thought about doing a workout at the beach? There are so many benefits to doing a beach workout!
Literally, Feet In The Sand
Ever felt calm and relaxed with your feet in the sand at the beach? It's also a natural therapeutic sensation to help you feel at ease. As well as this, the natural surface of sand and being barefoot will determine your natural gait (the way you walk), compared to wearing sneakers - which determine your gait. Going barefoot also gives your feet room to breathe compared to wearing sneakers (no smelly sneaker feet!)
More Challenging, But More Fun!
Sometimes, walking along the beach is HARD. Why is that? Well it turns out, sand is actually a great natural resistance! There's different types of sand (hard and soft), densities, there's movement when it shifts, and uneven levels. Essentially, it's making you work harder, whether you're walking, running, or doing whatever workout you want to do! It can also help you strengthen different muscles that you're used to using.
The Natural, Aussie Sunshine!
Who doesn't love being out in the beautiful Australian sun? Rays of sunshine are a natural source of Vitamin D, which is essential for bone development in children and skeletal health in adults. Surprisingly though, Vitamin D deficiency is common among Australian adults, with over 30% having a mild, moderate or severe deficiency. Not that you even need a reason to go to the beach, but going and getting some sun rays AND exercising is great for your health. Which leads to our next point:
Increases BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor)
I know, you're thinking "why is science getting involved with going to the beach?". Well Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor "is a powerful protein that promotes brain health by enabling neurogenesis (growing new brain cells) and neuroplasticity (generating new connections among brain cells." Studies suggest that BDNF correlates to depression, and that BDNF can be boosted by exercising and exposure to sunlight, therefore, going to the beach is great for your physical and mental health.
Positive Vibes aka Serotonin Boost
Studies have shown that outdoor exercise can have a positive effect on your mood. This is due to exercise, fresh air in your lungs, and having exposure to sunlight. Serotonin converts to melatonin and may aid in helping you sleep and recovering from your workout. As well as this, the natural, beautiful landscape can also improve your mood. Dr. Jason Strauss says "Nature can have a powerful effect on our mental state, and there are many ways to tap into it." Research shows there is a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced stress, anxiety and depression.