Keep calm and carry on – The benefits of seaside living

We might think that living by the sea is pleasant but did you know that it is actually really good for you? Studies now show that people who live close to the coast have a greater sense of well-being than those who don’t. Doctors in the past had prescribed a trip to the seaside as early as the 1700’s and it seems they might have been onto something.

People relax when they go to the beach, this is not rocket science, but the question is how much does impact their health? It seems that a seaside environment reduces stress and of course, encourages more physical exercise which might go some way into explaining why better report better health in coastal areas. Living along the coast will give you much more access to recreational activities which will also boost your mental health. When you live by the sea in a house, it is really important that you enjoy the full view through some Double Glazing in Cheltenham windows that you can buy from businesses like firmfix.co.uk in a 360 degree view from a light house or conservatory.  This will also help with longevity as the water vapour can erode a lot of materials but it won’t damage double glazing.  Things that were previously not available to you, suddenly could become weekend hobbies such as sailing, fishing, surfing or swimming.

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By getting out and about more, you are likely to meet new people and form friendships. If you are single, then you are also much more likely to meet someone who shares your interests and hobbies. You’re much more likely to get a good  night’s sleep by the ocean too. The air by the sea is different and has more negative ions than inland air. This helps your body to absorb more oxygen and feel good hormones are more balanced. Your mood will improve and you’ll relax more which in turn helps you to get a better night’s sleep.

Fish is really good for you and if you’re landlocked you’ll be more likely to be eating any fish you have in frozen form. Frozen fish is fine but I’m sure you’ll agree that the fresh catch of the day is going to be preferable and will contain all those fabulous nutrients, straight from the sea. Fresh fish tastes amazing and who can argue that fresh produce from your local waters isn’t going to make you feel better about being alive.

When you live in a busy town or city, it’s easy to spend most of your time indoors. Living by the sea will get you outside more, absorbing all that wonderful vitamin D from the sunshine. Sunlight also helps your body absorb calcium for strong bones and fights hypertension. You’ll get more toned and fitter as well as did you know that walking on sand takes up to 2.5 times more effort than walking on concrete. The sound of crashing waves alters the patterns in your brain waves to settle you into a deeply relaxed state. If you have a stressful job or you’re a stressy person, then a walk along the water’s edge could really help you to improve your health by learning how to keep calm.

 

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