Who wouldn’t enjoy a barefoot stroll along a sandy beach? Even the thought of such a pleasurable outing will infect some people with a daydreaming sigh.
It’s no secret that going barefoot on sand has its appeal, but did you know it also has many health benefits? If you think wandering down a beach is time wasted, then guess again. Here are a few reasons why walking and running barefoot on sand is a great idea. There are 9 health benefits of walking barefoot on the beach:
1. Walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves around.
2. Walking at a slower pace while your feet sink in sand requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging.
3. Walking in sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces.
4. Jogging in sand uses 1.6 times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces.
5. Walking on a beach in the sand is so relaxing that most people walk further distances than they normally would on treadmills, tracks or city streets. Pedometer steps increase without effort.
6. Instead of pounding your joints and feet on hard pavement, sand acts as a natural cushion.
7. Studies say that most of us our Vitamin D deficient. You will soak up natural Vitamin D from the sun as you stroll.
8. Health advocates say that walking barefoot grounds us. At the very least, it reconnects us to nature’s beauty which helps reduce stress as life finds perspective.
9. For most of us burning calories is one of the benefits of any exercise. One the primary benefits of walking on a beach is that you will use 20 to 50 percent more calories than you would walking at the same pace on a hard surface.