Holidays in Phuket – 8 Surprising Benefits of Walking or Running on Sand

March 9, 2020
Pakasai Resort

There’s something strangely comforting about sinking your toes into the warm sand. Ideally, you’d be doing so at the beach; but even if you weren’t, it’s still a great sensation nonetheless. In this article, we’ll explore more of that comforting feeling, as well as other elusive factors you might not have known about before. Here, we’ll give you a list of physical, mental, and emotional benefits you can experience whenever you stand, walk, and run on sand. Let’s get started.

1. It can give you a great workout

Walking and exercising on anything other than a flat, hard surface can be physically challenging, and that is the case with sand. You’ll fire up your calves, legs, and glutes just by walking on sand as opposed to a path, for example. If you sprint or jog, you’ll also work up a sweat and get an excellent cardiovascular workout.

2. It acts as a natural exfoliant for our feet

If you step into sand barefoot, you can give your soles a thorough cleaning as sand is an excellent exfoliant. It can remove dead skin cells and dirt and leave the bottoms of your feet feeling smooth and tight.

3. It can clear your mind

There’s much more going on in your brain when walking barefoot on sand than you might have realized. As our feet have thousands of nerve endings, sinking yours into sand can be an extremely tactile sensation. The experience can be almost meditative, as it helps you focus your thoughts inward and less on the worries and anxieties you might be facing.

4. It can ground your energies with the earth

There’s a theory called earthing (or grounding) which states that direct physical contact with the earth can lead to a variety of health benefits. It claims that electrons from the earth can enter our bodies whenever we walk barefoot on the ground, leading to better sleep and reduced levels of stress, among many other kinds of benefits. Whether you believe in this theory or not, it won’t hurt to try.

5. It can be found with other healthy elements

As we mentioned, the ideal place for you to take advantage of the health benefits of sand is at the beach—meaning fresh air, bright sun, and the gentle crashing of waves. All these factors can contribute a great deal to your overall wellbeing. For instance, the sun’s rays can nourish you with vitamin D to give you stronger bones as well as reducing your stress levels. Waves can give you an auditory feeling of calm, which when coupled with clean air can put you in an extremely relaxed mood.

Wrapping up

As you can see, sand can provide much more than just solid ground to step on. It provides plenty of natural ways to make us look and feel better, too. The next time you’re on a beach frolicking in the sand, remember what we discussed here to appreciate the amazing benefits you can gain from the experience.

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