THREE REASONS TO TAKE YOUR WALK TO THE BEACH

(From Good Housekeeping)

You'll burn more calories
Hitting the sand turns your regular walk into a strength-training workout for your quads, calves and glutes. When your feet sink into the grains with each step, your legs have to work harder to propel you forward. The result? Up to 50 percent more calories zapped.

It's extra calming
Listen to the lapping waves. Breathe in the salty air. Pay attention to bits of nature that you don't always notice and be mindful of their beauty. This process of slowing down and focusing allows your brain to power down from "worry mode."

Going barefoot could help your health
Kick off your shoes and feel like a kid again. Studies suggest that this practice, called "earthing" or "grounding," may reduce inflammation and chronic pain. Direct contact with surfaces like sand, earth and grass enables your feet to absorb antioxidant-like electrons from the earth.

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