Why Are Beach Vacations Best?

In this blog series, we’ve talked about Americans wasting some 768 million vacation days last year, and we laid out some of the science showing the health benefits of using your PTO.

Now, if you’re a sun loving, wave riding, Ocean City beachcomber at heart, you’re going to love this: Vacations are good, but beach vacations are even better.

Read the evidence for yourself, then get your Ocean City, Maryland, beach vacation on the books. Start by checking out the great selection of properties from Vantage.

Water Cures the Blues

Whether you’re gazing toward the sea’s blue waters from your oceanfront balcony or playing in the ocean waves, your mind and body are reaping some serious benefits.

According to scientists, just being close to water produces positive mental and physical effects. Looking at water’s fluidity or hearing the gentle lapping triggers a flood of neurochemicals that prompts more blood flow to your brain and heart, resulting in a relaxed, mild meditative state.

Research around the health benefits of water is substantial—it even has a name: blue mind science. Studies in blue mind science suggest water remedies the stress we experience from constantly sitting in front of screens or in traffic.

It’s no wonder those who live along the coast have an improved sense of physical health and wellbeing. Come in contact with water, and you become happier, calmer, more creative—all things that contribute to good health.

Walking Barefoot

There’s a reason why so many people say they enjoy “long romantic walks on the beach.” It does tremendous things for the body!

Physically, walking on sand is beneficial because it requires greater effort—2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than hard surfaces, to be precise. Sand also cushions your feet much more than other surfaces, easing the pressure on your joints when you walk or run barefoot.

There are somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000 nerve endings in each of your feet, all of which respond to the tiny grains of sand when walking barefoot on the beach. Wet sand even acts as a natural exfoliant, sloughing off your skin’s dead cells and leaving your feet soft. How’s that for a bargain pedicure?

You burn more calories by walking on a beach, too. Up to 50% more than walking on pavement or other terrain. And because it’s so relaxing, you’re more likely to walk further than you would on a treadmill or street.

Mentally, a jaunt along the beach connects us to nature’s beauty, which eases tension and helps us let go of stress. This relaxation is augmented by the Vitamin D you get from the sun.

Soak Up the Sun

Speaking of the sun, that’s where people get 90% of their Vitamin D dosage, since that vitamin isn’t naturally present in many foods. Vitamin D is crucial for strengthening bones, boosting your immunity, supporting cell growth and reducing inflammation. Be sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays. Just 10 to 15 minutes of sun is all you need for a boost of Vitamin D.

Ever notice how people’s moods change in the summer? Again, the sun. A study conducted by the Baker Heart Research Institute found that the amount of sunlight participants received had direct effects on their mood. Exposure increases levels of serotonin—the happy hormone—resulting in stress relief, better sleep and a healthier appetite.

Plus, beachgoers who spend time outside typically engage in some sort of physical activity. Swimming, surfing, frisbee, volleyball—they burn more calories while having much more fun than a sweat session on the elliptical under fluorescent lights.

Life’s Better at the Beach

Time away from work is good for you, especially when you spend that time at the beach. Ocean City, Maryland, is the ideal family-friendly destination for rest and fun.

What are you waiting for? Request some PTO and plan your Ocean City trip now. Vantage has properties ready for you. Remember to book direct online for the best selection and the lowest rates with no fees.

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, VantageMyrtleBeach.com, VantageDelawareBeaches.com, VantageAnnapolis.com and EasternShoreVacations.com.