5 health benefits of beach life

It might seem obvious but living on the beach has been proven to improve the state of your physical and mental health. Recent studies have compared the lifestyles of people who live by the beach versus those that live inland. According to Lifeinahouse.net, the results show that “a coastal lifestyle is a lot healthier for the average human being.”

Less stress is associated with people that choose to live near the ocean, as they enjoy a better quality of life that is coveted by all their friends that are landlocked in a major city.

From enjoying the crashing waves, breathing clean air, and eating fresh seafood, beach life along the Emerald Coast has countless benefits. Here are the top 5 health benefits of enjoying Navarre Beach.

1. Natural skin care

The beach is considered an outdoor spa. There is nothing better for your skin than an organic sand exfoliant, to rid your skin of dead cells and impurities. According to Joya.life, exfoliation “helps to prevent premature aging, activating the circulation and favoring a better oxygenation of the epidermis.”

It will make your skin silky smooth and soft and you will look a lot younger because of it. Another good thing about the ocean is that it heals and soothes your muscles and joints, too.

Saltwater can be good for your skin and overall health too. Ocean water is full of good minerals that heal wounds and leave you feeling revitalized. So make sure to spend some time walking barefoot on the beach and playing in the water when you’re on the beautiful Gulf coast.

2. Endless opportunities to exercise

Whether you’re swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, playing beach volleyball in the sand, or going for a jog where the water meets the land, there are endless opportunities to exercise at the beach!

With so much to beauty to gaze at, you will find it easy to get outdoors and get active. There’s nothing more fulfilling than walking on the beach as the sun sets into the horizon. It’s suitable for all ages, you can walk or jog at your own pace, and it doesn’t require a watch. By walking on the beach regularly you will reduce your stress levels, recharge your batteries, and begin to feel calmer overall.

3. The beach literally improves your mood

You are a product of your environment and if you don’t control your atmosphere, it will control you. Let’s face it, life can be stressful, especially the hectic pace of a landlocked city life. And when we are stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol as a response. Cortisol goes on a rampage in our bodies, and if its levels are not kept on track, it can damage our health.

On the contrary, a simple trip to the beach releases happy and calming hormones in your brain.

According to the University of New Hampshire, “the calming effects of the waves and sun combined is enough to make a person leave their stress behind. The heat of the sun, the sound of the waves, and your feet in the sand can help to fight off any feelings of anxiety and stress.”

The beach lifestyle is laid back and dramatically reduces stressful stimulus. The relaxing environment that the beach provides eliminates cortisol production and releases endorphins instead that increase vitality and well-being.

4. Technology detox

Whether you believe it or not, just simply being on the beach will reduce your need or maybe your addiction to reach for your cell phones or laptop. The digital screen will be there when you’re done at the beach.

“It’s not like you will never use them again, but you won’t be addicted to technology in the way you are now,” Outdoor Revival writer Stef Zisovska wrote. “Spending more time outside without spending hours and hours staring at a screen will change the way you think and your perspectives of life.”

Try to spend as much time as possible by the ocean, and less time in front your laptop screen and witness the first-hand difference.

5. Restful sleep

Whether spending the day swimming, walking the shoreline or surfing the waves your body will want to rest. You will sleep longer and the quality of your sleep with improve! You’ll be dreaming about only the positive things…like more swimming and surfing.

March fun coming to Navarre Beach

There’s no shortage of fun events coming to Navarre Beach. Here are a few ideas.

Snowbird Activities Series at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center

Join the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for a morning of fun, socialization, and learning. Each session will be a different theme or activity. This program is designed for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. Space is limited to 40 attendees. First come, first serve. For more information, visit http://www.getrelaxing.com or call 850-981-8900.

•             March 3, 9 – 10 a.m. – Aliens of the Deep Lecture
•             March 4, 9 – 11 a.m. – Coffee and Crafts – St. Patrick’s Day Fun
•             March 6, 9 – 11 a.m. – Ask a Bird Biologist – Audubon Lecture
•             March 9, 9 – 10 a.m. – Photography Class with John Starrett
•             March 10, 9 – 11 a.m. – Flower Arranging Class with the Navarre Garden Club
•             March 12, 9 – 10 a.m. – Chair Yoga (limited 15 attendees)
•             March 17, 9 – 10 a.m. – Whales Lecture
•             March 20, 10 – 3 p.m. – Bon Voyage Snowbird Party (Drop In)
•             March 24, 9 – 10 a.m. – Animal Babies and Hatchings Lecture

20th Annual Seagrass Awareness Celebration
Shoreline Park South, 800 Shoreline Dr. Gulf Breeze
March 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Local organizations and agencies will be providing free hands on activities for the whole family. Activities include games and prizes, live marine life for viewing and touching, safety boating information, seagrass information, kayaking, food vendors, fishing and more. For more information, contact Chris Verlinde, chrismv@ufl.edu or call 850-777-7884.

Snowbird Sessions by the Sea at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station8638 Blue Heron Count, Navarre

Learn about the marine life and ecosystems on Navarre Beach. Each session is a different topic with a presentation, discussion and hands-on demonstration. This program is for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. Cost is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. Each participant receives a session-themed gift. For more information and to register, visit http://www.navarresciencestation.org or call 850-261-2141.

•             March 5, 2 – 3 p.m. – Coral and Zooxanthellae: A Love Story
•             March 12, 2 – 3 p.m. – Tentacle Talk: Octopus and Squid Dissection
•             March 19, 2 – 3 p.m. – Deep Sea Secrets

Spring Jam 2020
1451 Navarre Beach Cswy., Navarre
March 22, 3 – 9:30 p.m.

The Cat Country 98.7 Spring Jam 2020, starring LoCash with special guests Gabby Barrett and Gone West is presented by Gulf Winds Credit Union and the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office. Spring Jam 2020 is an open-air concert on the beach benefitting the Santa Rosa Kids’ House. Bring a beach towel to sit on; no chairs permitted. General admission is $10. For tickets and information, visit http://www.juanaspagodas.com/Spring%20Jam.html.

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center
8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre
March 28, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or bring your own. For more information, visit http://www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347.

Book your week (or month!) of fun today at NavarreListings.com.