5 Reasons a Beach Vacation is Good for your Health

It’s official. You’ve always known that you felt better at the beach, now there is actual scientific proof of that fact. It’s long been accepted that being in nature is a great way to lower stress. However, a study published in Health Place, shows that of all the nature you could ‘be in’, that the beach is clearly the superior choice. Here are a few reasons why.

Listen To The Waves Crashing

Waves crashing are a known ‘white noise’ sound, that calms the body and relaxes the nervous system. Many white noise machines are designed to mimic this sound, and the most popular ‘sleep tapes’ involve waves gently crashing on a beach. That sound, (known as ‘non-threats’ to the scientific community,) can help you achieve a conscious meditative state that is proven to both heal and strengthen you brain.

There’s Nothing Like The Feeling Of Sand Through Your Toes

You love walking on the beach, and it turns out it’s good for you too.  Walking in sand is more challenging to your body than walking on flat roads. However, since this ground works with your body in a natural, forgiving way, (unlike asphalt which is very unforgiving,) you’re less likely to strain yourself while getting a better work out at the same time.  Plus, you get to hear waves and smell ocean.  And there’s another bonus too. Walking barefoot in all that sand naturally sands off all the dead skin on your feet better than any pedicure. So not only do you feel better, your feet will look great in flip flops!

walk on the beach
Walking on the beach is soothing

The Ocean Is A Natural Spa Day

Ever notice how a day at the beach shrinks your pores, heals cuts, and makes your skin look better? It’s not your imagination, and it’s not simply because you’re happy. Its’ because the combination of iodine, salt and other trace minerals in ocean water work as a detoxifier, an antibacterial and an antifungal. There’s nothing better for your skin than ocean water. And when the warm sun opens up your pores, it does an even better job.  See, all the more reason to get out there and soak up some sun — Vitamin D!

There’s A Wide Array Of Exercise Available At The Beach

Not everyone likes exercise , but everyone loves playing on the beach. Whether you’re walking, running, playing Frisbee with the pup, volleyball with the kids, swimming, jumping waves, digging holes and so on, there are all kinds of ‘exercise’ you can do on the beach that simply feels like play.  You’ll feel better in both mind and body, and you’ll want to do your favorite ‘workout’ again.

Smell That Salt Air

Taking your first steps on the beach and inhaling deeply is practically instinct. And it’s not just your imagination that makes you feel better. It’s the air itself.  The quality of the air is purer on the beach. The air is actually infused with salt and negative ions that make it easier to breathe and absorb oxygen into your lungs.  And of course, the fact that you’re breathing deeper now that you’ve relaxed doesn’t hurt either.

Relax with an Outer Banks Vacation

Going on a beach vacation is something that has unending benefits. These benefits were well known to our ancestors, which is why 18th and 19th century doctors often prescribed ‘seaside getaways’. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for a doctor to prescribe one, (though wouldn’t that be cool,) you can just ‘getaway’ right now.

There’s still time to plan your seaside getaway to the Outer Banks either for a Summer Vacation or Fall Weeks. Check out our available homes here.

Outer Banks Firsts that Last

Darius Rucker asked in his recent Billboard hit “For the First Time,” …when was the last time you did something for the first time…”  

The Outer Banks of North Carolina has a history of “firsts.” We were the first English colony in America – located on Roanoke Island and founded by Sir Walter Raleigh.  We were first in flight when John T. Daniels captured an image Orville and Wilbur Wright’s glider lifting off the dunes of Kitty Hawk in December of 1903.  We were the home of the first English child born in the new world – Virginia Dare.  And, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the first public university to open its doors in America.  

Indeed our “Firsts” have a history of being memorable.  Recently, VisitNC, North Carolina’s Tourism Marketing arm, was recognized for championing North Carolina’s Firsts That Last campaign when it received a total of nine AAAwards from the American Advertising Federation.   The campaign prominently featured all of the firsts that are possible on the North Carolina Outer Banks and focused on one young family’s first visit to the ocean – reminding us that it is the simplest of “firsts” that are the most special.  

Whether it is your first time or your 50th time, find your Firsts with Atlantic Realty of the Outer Banks.  “

We would like for you to be a part of our summer campaign.  Share your “Firsts” photos with us on Social Media (FaceBook or Instagram)using #weAReOBX or email them to share@weAReOBX.com .  From all of the monthly photos that are received, we will hold a random drawing of 5 monthly winners (1 each month) for a package of vintage Atlantic Realty swag.  This campaign will run from May through September.  Join in the fun and share your firsts with #weAReOBX!

Disclaimer – by submitting photos you are allowing us, at our discretion, to use the photo in future marketing at Atlantic Realty

Depiction of the First Flight — The Wright Brothers Memorial