BEACH, PLEASE help me calm down... STRENGTHEN MY LEGS... BRING ME CLOSER TO THE PEO­PLE I LOVE . BUT BEACH , PLEASE DON’T burn my skin. OR WRECK MY AN­KLES. OR CRUSH MY CON­FI­DENCE,

OKAY?

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - WHAT MEN THINK - —An­nie Tom­lin

This isn’t your av­er­age sum­mer guide. It’s a deep dive into the wish­grant­ing well­ness pow­ers of sand, salt and spray— plus solutions to the beach’s most com­mon health risks—with psy­chol­o­gists, ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gists and der­ma­tol­o­gists (plus

Bay­watch star and one-piece afi­cionado Alexan­dra Dad­dario!) guid­ing the way. Whether you’re plan­ning a sea­side va­ca­tion or a day trip to the shore, we’ll show you how to har­ness the best and ward off the worst, to emerge your hap­pi­est, health­i­est, hottest self.

Re­searchers are start­ing to catch up to what we know in­tu­itively. Be­ing in and even near the wa­ter makes us feel hap­pier, and ac­tu­ally health­ier.”

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there may be no more prom­i­nent cul­tural touch­point for the beach than Bay­watch. Love it or hate it, the series shaped our per­cep­tions of the shore for a full decade, ce­ment­ing the beach as a back­drop for fun, sex ap­peal and— as in the movie re­boot—ap­pear­ances by the Ho . But a grow­ing wave of sci­en­tific data is un­cov­er­ing a role that’s deeper, even pro­found: That “blue spa­ces” such as oceans and lakes have ma­jor men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits just wait­ing to be tapped. “Re­searchers are start­ing to catch up to what we know in­tu­itively,” says Wal­lace J Ni­chols, PHD, a marine bi­ol­o­gist whose Blue Mind Sum­mits bring neu­ro­sci­en­tists, psy­chol­o­gists and ocean ad­vo­cates to­gether to study and dis­cuss the phe­nom­e­non. “Be­ing in and even near the wa­ter makes us feel hap­pier, and ac­tu­ally health­ier.”

You don’t have to get wet to reap the mood-boost­ing e ects. A re­cent study found that liv­ing within sight of wa­ter is linked to lower stress levels. Re­searchers also dis­cov­ered that peo­ple who could see blue spa­ces from their homes were less likely to have men­tal health is­sues—in fact, they had fewer than those liv­ing near green spa­ces. And an­other study sug­gests that spend­ing time around city foun­tains or park ponds can make peo­ple feel more peace­ful and re­stored. Your Tahiti screen saver? Even that can slash anx­i­ety with a quick hit of that bliss­fully med­i­ta­tive state.

Be­yond the shore’s men­tal ben­e­fits, its phys­i­cally ther­a­peu­tic prow­ess has been part of is­land lore for gen­er­a­tions—and now, ex­perts feel con­fi­dent in its le­git­i­macy. Docs rec­om­mend that peo­ple with al­ler­gies or asthma in­hale salty air to help them breathe eas­ier. And thanks to its high min­eral con­tent, salt wa­ter may en­cour­age wounds to heal faster, re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and help mus­cles bounce back af­ter a work­out. Re­search has also found that the sound of waves can help you fall—and stay—asleep, even if you’re lis­ten­ing to a record­ing, be­cause the crash­ing waves shut out other noises and elicit pos­i­tive, calm­ing mem­o­ries of the beach.

The health e ects mul­ti­ply if you swim, surf or oth­er­wise sweat near an ocean, beach or river. “My pa­tients who live by Lake Michi­gan tend to be more in­ter­ested in run­ning and walk­ing, and they’re of­ten more fit,” notes Dr Marie Al­ti­mari, a fam­ily medicine physi­cian at North­west­ern Medicine in Chicago. That’s not just her opin­ion: Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Ex­eter Med­i­cal School in Eng­land, who are study­ing what they call the “blue gym,” have learned that peo­ple who live by a coast are more likely to be phys­i­cally ac­tive than those who don’t, and less likely to be de­fi­cient in vi­ta­min D, known as the “sun­shine” vi­ta­min be­cause our bod­ies cre­ate it when our skin is ex­posed to sun­light. That last bit is cru­cial, as mul­ti­ple stud­ies show that low D levels raise your risk for de­pres­sion—by up to 85 per­cent.

And while we must note that the shore isn’t with­out po­ten­tial haz­ards—like eye ir­ri­ta­tion, jel­ly­fish stings and de­hy­dra­tion— they can all be man­aged by sim­ply know­ing how to pro­tect your­self, which we’ll help you do through­out this story. So go ahead, bask in the sun, in the sand, in the sea… and soak up all its tran­scen­dent perks.

PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY ERIC RAY DAVID­SON

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