I’m sure you know that drinking water (preferably 6-8 glasses a day) is good for your body. But did you know that simply being close to a body of water is also good for your health and well-being?
That’s right, research has found a clear correlation between proximity to a body of water and our overall health and psychological well being. We’re not talking about actually being on or in water here either. Just being near it – think within eye or ear shot of a lake, river, stream or ocean.
Why is this? Well, they aren’t really sure yet. It could be that it is visually appealing. Perhaps it’s the air or the sounds. Or maybe it has to do with some combination of all three. Either way, the findings indicate that the sight of water promotes physical activity. It also slows down your heart rate and reduces stress hormones.
I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel calmer, and more energized when I’m near a lake. So these findings resonate with me.
But, what if you don’t live near a natural body of water? While it may not have quite the same impact, water features such as fountains, ponds and canals have also shown a positive correlation with our health.
And when the mind is calm and the body is active, other benefits ensue. Like healthier skin.
This is because stress causes a chemical response in the body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It also makes it harder for existing skin problems to heal. So if being near a blue environment reduces stress and increases physical activity, you know your skin will reap the rewards too. Especially knowing that exercise promotes blood circulation, releases endorphins and also reduces stress hormones.
I’m seeing a lot of benefits to running, walking or biking by the lake. But I think sitting and enjoying the view would help too.
While you’re increasing time spent in blue environments be sure to increase your intake of it as well. Here are 5 reasons to drink more water, and tips to make sure you actually follow through.