It is not a shock that people who live on or near the beach are more relaxed and content. The sights, sounds, and smells of the ocean are incredibly soothing. Recent studies have shown that those who live near the ocean report feeling healthier. This is opening many new avenues of study, investigating whether even a beach vacation can offer long standing benefits to physical and mental health. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are here on the Outer Banks. We will examine some of the reasons that it may make people healthier and happier.
- Increased physical activity
Whether you live on or near the beach, or are taking a summer beach vacation, you want to get out and enjoy the ocean. This means different things to different people, but there is no shortage of physical activities that the ocean provides. A morning jog on the beach is a wonderful way to start your day, as is an evening walk. Swimming and surfing are also frequent activities here, and all are excellent ways to exercise that are so fun that you won’t mind them. If you prefer a less intense workout, beach yoga is quickly gaining popularity.
- Fresh, local food
Lifelong residents of the Outer Banks are often in for a shock when they travel away from the coast. We have such an abundance of fresh, local food sources that we may take it for granted. There are hundreds of places to buy and eat fresh seafood, and even more choices on what type of seafood to eat. We also have many local farms that provide fresh fruits and vegetables year round. Not only is fresh food delicious, it is healthy!
- Variety is the spice of life
As a popular summer vacation destination, our neighbors can change weekly. This exposure to different people from all over the country helps to keep us mentally engaged. Also, since tourists here are happily enjoying their vacations, that happiness is contagious.
If you live near the beach, you are already well aware of the health and wellness benefits that it provides. The good news for our inland neighbors is that even a small dose of the beach can be just what the doctor ordered, and an oceanfront vacation can work wonders. Have other thoughts on why the ocean makes people happier and healthier? Feel free to share them.