Recently I was in Clacton collecting a bargain found on Facebook. Not missing an opportunity of being by the sea, I took a walk along the beach to take some photographs. I don’t about you, but I particularly love walking barefoot on the beach. Aside from the beautiful view of the sea and the opportunity to people watch, walking barefoot on the beach is both relaxing and romantic, but did you know it’s also good for you?
What makes walking on a beach different from walking at a different location?
You’ll get stronger
Sand provides resistance that strengthens your arches, ankles and leg muscles. Your foot will be going through its full range of motion, and every time your foot sinks into the sand, your muscles have to work extra hard to push you back up and move you forward.
It’s A Free Foot Massage!
Walking barefoot on the sand and taking breaks while standing in the water will massage the soles of your feet. The motion activates venous and lymphatic circulation, making your feet feel nice and relaxed.
The Sand Exfoliates Your Feet
No need for a fancy foot scrub. Walking on sand will exfoliate dead skin cells and make your feet feel softer.
You’ll Reduce Your Stress
There’s nothing more relaxing than strolling near the water and listening to the sounds of the ocean. Leave the shoes at home to symbolize leaving your cares behind.
Increased Vitamin D
Studies say that most of us are Vitamin D deficient. As you stroll along the beach, you will soak up natural Vitamin D from the sun.
You’ll Burn Up More Calories
One of the primary benefits of walking on a beach is that you will use 20 to 50% more calories than you would be walking at the same pace on a hard surface.
You’ll Walk Further
Walking on a beach is so relaxing that most people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills or pavements.
So the next time you get the opportunity, why not head to the coast, ditch those shoes and socks and go walking barefoot on the beach,