💦After a busy fortnight juggling school holidays /work /meetings /visitors, what better way to recharge than a beautiful autumn paddle ❤️
💦I love how lifestyle medicine looks at the whole person, we are complex beings, and health and wellness are affected by every aspect of life.
💦Nutrition, excerise, sleep, stress, and social connections all impact on our bodies, and a holistic approach looking at all of these makes so much sense
💦I've posted on the benefits of green space (time in nature), but did you know blue space is also a thing?
💦Studies show that living or being near water has multiple health benefits :
-Reduced stress levels
-Improved mental wellbeing and mood
-Improved vitamin d levels, and better air quality (less pollution)
-Improved social connectedness
-Improved fitness (as we tend to be active near water)
-Even reduced rates of death
💦Simply visiting the beach twice a week has significant benefits for physical and mental health (around 2h/week)
💦In a large study (20,000 people), being close to the beach was consistently associated with improved well-being compared to urban environments
💦Its a great way to improve mental clarity (next time you're near water note how you feel, being near water seems to help with brain function and creativity)
💦Theres a good reason people have been drawn to water to improve well-being throughout history 😊