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Vitamin Sea



Welcoming Mark Ames back to Fireside Chats. Mark is the Founder and Director of Pure Performance Personal Training. Mark has overseen many hundreds of amazing health transformations in his time. Today, Mark talks about the power of being by blue spaces to maximise health.


Beat the blues with the big blue


Science has been very consistent over the last decade - being by water is good for your body and your mind.


I don't know about you, but the first place I wanted to go when lockdown ended was the sea. It represented all that I had missed - a vast, beautiful space that I made me feel so free.


It got me thinking. What is it about the sea that makes us feel so much better? Well, interestingly there is a lot of scientific evidence that proximity to water – especially the sea – is associated with many positive measures of physical and mental wellbeing, from higher levels of vitamin D to better social relations.


An extensive 2013 study on happiness in natural environments studied people's sense of wellbeing in random places - from shopping centres and other urban spots to natural places including green (parks, forests, fields) and blue spaces (sea, rivers, lakes etc).


The study worked by prompting 20,000 smartphone users to record their sense of wellbeing and their immediate environment at random intervals. Coastal spaces were found to be the happiest places to be (by far).


What if getting to the coast is too difficult for you right now e.g. distance? There is good news on that front. Studies show that rivers, lakes, streams, even fountains have a positive effect on your wellbeing. I can speak from experience. I had lived near the coast and with access to stunning green spaces for my entire childhood and early adolesence. Then I moved to London and felt so desperate to experience blue space that I swam in the Thames (I don't recommend this as a long term plan!).


Wellbeing action: Try to get to the coast or another blue space twice on a weekly basis. Studies show that doing this twice per week will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.


Inspired to get out into the sea? Join us for our Surf 'n' Turf event on 20th April 2024.






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