There’s a reason people flock to the beach. The ocean water, sand, sun, all rejuvenate the body and the mind. Get the benefits of the beach and create some memories while you’re at it.
There’s something immensely satisfying about lying in bed after a day spent at the beach. Sun-soaked exhaustion and the lingering feeling of ocean waves make for a great night’s sleep. Many of us grew up looking forward to ocean outings, ice cream in the sun and sandy toes.
In the past two decades, children have begun to spend less and less time outside. Less time at the beach, more time on the computer. Simultaneously, the incidence of issues like eczema, asthma, allergies, and obesity in children has been on the rise.
Spending time in nature is great for children's mental and physical well being, encouraging exercise, decreasing stress, and increasing microbiome health. It’s not just kids who benefit from time outside -- some fresh air is great for adults, too ;)
How you benefit from the beach
Simply walking barefoot in the sand has more health benefits than you’d think. Not only does it feel great to let your toes be free and wiggle around in the sand, its soft surface requires more energy from your feet and legs, giving you that instant “workout” high. Some also say there’s also something called “Earthing” taking place: the idea that when walking barefoot you foot’s direct contact to the earth and its richness helps remove free radicals that accumulate from our insulated lives.
The beach makes us happy in other ways, too. Soaking in the sun’s rays is a natural mood enhancer due to the activation of Vitamin D in your skin. And Vitamin D deficiencies are soaring in the US, with 42 of adults being affected. This is why many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter months with reduced exposure to sunlight. The ocean has also long been a soul-soother. The repetitive sounds of waves lapping the shore can calm even the most frazzled nerves.
As we think about our connection to the outdoors, we’d like to share some of our favorite water memories with you. Below, check out some special moments from the Mother Dirt team, and we hope it inspires you to create your own water memories this summer.
I spent so much of my childhood by the ocean. When I was 6 my family moved down to Florida and I would spend whole weekends playing in the sand and waves. The bigger the waves, the better!
I spent my summers on Long Beach in Rockport, MA where I learned to respect the great blue ocean, one of mother nature's most powerful and beautiful creations :)
Director of Marketing
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
One of my favorite "beachy" trips was to Cabo San Lucas in 2000. My daughter and I loved the sunny boat ride back from Reserva de Lobos Marinos.
Customer Experience Manager
Bethany Beach, Delaware
This photo reminds me of rubbing dried salt and sand from around my eyes, unfathomably cool older lifeguards, and body surfing with my dad and brother in the Atlantic. I've been a swimmer my whole life, and the ocean is to this day the only body of water that intimidates me. Its awesome power, depth, expanse and obscurity, and riptides no more than a pool's length from the beach, are fearsome reminders that Mother Nature is always in charge.
Director of Engagement
Neptune Beach, New London, CT
Growing up we spent every day of the summer at my grandparent's beach house. We got up in the morning, walked down to the beach and spent the entire day there with the whole neighborhood. We would play in the water, go crabbing and tubing, swim out to the doc, eat lunch, get ice cream from an ice cream truck, nap and then head back to the house for dinner.
Social Media Manager
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Every summer my family would pack up our car to its fullest capacity and drive 11 hours from Pittsburgh to the Outer Banks, NC. Some of my most cherished memories are in the ocean; jumping over waves with my brother and cousins while our parents watched us leisurely from their beach chairs.
Content Coordinator and Partnership Manager
Atlantic Beach, NY
The beach wasn't just a summer place, growing up. I loved splashing in the water on hot sunny days, but fall days playing in the sand and feeding the seagulls were exciting too! My family would take weekend trips to Atlantic Beach to spend some time in nature with each other, savoring the quiet moments by the water.