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5 Reasons to Stay Near the Ocean for Your Health

5 Reasons to Stay Near the Ocean for Your Health

For anyone who has spent time by the sea, you already know that it does something to your body, mind and soul. Some of us are even more connected and we thrive in life the closer we are to the sea’s edge. There are health benefits to being near the ocean that are often unexplainable, it’s the magic of the sea. The sand, the surf and the sun keep us outdoors which is always good for the heart and soul. As I write this, I’m sitting on the balcony of my beach bungalow in the tropics. I go to sleep and wake up to the sounds of waves crashing as the sun rises above the water. My skin is soft, my mind is at peace and I am more productive. It seems that only the ocean gives me this new found energy and passion for living.

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    Allows You to Just “Be”

    Many people find themselves in a trance as they watch and listen to ocean waves. It’s effortless meditation and your thoughts are taken out to sea. There is a feeling of comfort that the ocean gives us and allows us to just sit with our own self. We are more relaxed so we can let go of our desire to please the people around us. Letting ourselves hang around and do nothing but enjoy our surroundings is an act in itself.

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      Allows You to Relax

      Stress is a major cause of illness in our society. The ocean has a way of deeply relaxing us and bringing us back to earth. Sitting in the sand while you watch and listen to waves crashing gives us a sense of bliss and peace. We stop trying to problem-solve and live in the very moment we are in. Everything slows down near the beach. The restaurants, shops and surrounding environment promote slow and intentional steps instead of the usual running around we face in our normal lives. We let go of shoulder tension and look at life in a different way.

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        Deeply Cleansing for Body and Soul

        For the body, mind and spirit the ocean offers many cleansing qualities. The salty sea air allows us to breathe in clean, pure breaths into our lungs. As we swim in the salt water, our skin is revived. Taking a walk on the long sandy beach barefoot is an overall rejuvenation and gives our feet a natural scrub. A little extra exfoliating with the sand bed while you play in the water rejuvenates and smoothes our skin. To smell the sea and hear the waves while you sit on the warm sand is deeply cleansing for the soul.

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          Easy Meditation

          One of the easiest guided meditations online involve ocean waves. To imagine the clean water coming into our body and taking all of the negativity out to sea is a powerful visualization. Breathing to the beat of the waves crashing in and going back out to sea is a means to understanding and accepting impermanence. The ocean is in constant motion without effort but with power. This is highly inspiring for meditation.

          A Great Sleep Every Night

          If we stay by the ocean, we are able to listen to the waves crash onto the beach in their gentle and perfectly spaced way. This white noise offers a soothing and relaxing lullaby to put us into a deep sleep. We are relaxed so our sleep is deep, and often dreams come up and problems are solved. Maybe it’s the ocean or maybe it’s the product of what the ocean does for our souls. We don’t sleep in and our body and mind wake up totally refreshed and well rested.


          Featured photo credit: Man Traveler sitting on beach seaside looking on sea waves summer vacations Lifestyle concept via shutterstock.com

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          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

          1. Exercise Daily

          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

          The basic nutritional advice includes:

          • Eat unprocessed foods
          • Eat more veggies
          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

            5. Watch Out for Travel

            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

            6. Start Slow

            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

            Final Thoughts

            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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