Are coastal walks really good for your health?

Jenai Laignel / 28 August 2014 ( 18 April 2016 )

We all know that eating healthily and exercising regularly is good for us, but did you know that coastal walks can also do wonders for your physical and emotional well-being?

This is a theory that has stood the test of time; the Georgians and Victorians used to flock in their masses to areas such as Bournemouth, Morecambe and Cornwall, just as we do today.

But how exactly does walking by the coast help our health?

Benefits of sunshine

Firstly, there's the sunshine. When staying by the coast, you're much more likely to spend time in the great outdoors – whether you like to go for brisk coastal walks or cycle around the local village.

Experts say that, even in our temperamental climate, just 15-30 minutes outside a day can make a significant impact on our well-being. And while it's important to wear a good sunscreen, we shouldn't underestimate the properties and benefits of Vitamin D.

Related: Vitamin D (calciferol)

You'll sleep better

With all that fresh sea air, it'll come as no surprise to find you sleep better during your trip away.

Sea air is full of negative hydrogen ions which, by neutralising damaging free radicals, improve our ability to absorb oxygen. They can also balance levels of serotonin – the hormone that makes us feel happy – meaning we will become more relaxed and less prone to anxiety.

Nature's exfoliator

Lastly, think about the benefits to your skin; sand acts as a natural exfoliator, improving its natural regeneration and making you feel younger as you walk along it.

And don't forget to go for a dip – sea water has antiseptic properties, helping to heal the skin. Some even claim that sea water can help reduce snoring!

So what are you waiting for? Book your seaside trip away today and reap the benefits.