The Ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and is home to a vast array of creatures from microscopic plankton to massive whales. It’s also responsible for producing the oxygen we breathe, regulating our climate and supplying us with food. It’s no wonder we feel a sense of calm and rejuvenation after spending time in, on or near the Ocean. Here are three ways that it positively impacts our wellbeing – and why you should make time to spend some quality time with your local seas.
1. The Salt Water Gives You a Great Full-Body Workout
As you swim in the ocean, it becomes your personal fitness trainer. Each wave provides a new challenge that targets different muscles, delivering an intense yet enjoyable workout. This dynamic movement enhances your cardiovascular system’s circulation, which in turn helps your muscles receive a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients.
2. The Sound of the Crashing Waves Is a Healing Tonic
The sounds of the sea can have a profoundly positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. The rhythm of crashing waves produces negative ions in the air which have been linked to reduced stress levels and improved sleep, immune function and mood. They can even help boost your energy levels, as they promote healthy blood flow throughout your body.
3. Oceans Are Vital to Our Survival
Oceans are an important part of our global ecosystem and provide a critical habitat for marine species, including humans. They play a key role in regulating the Earth’s temperature, weather and climate by absorbing and distributing heat around the globe. They also supply life-sustaining oxygen through the process of photosynthesis, performed by marine plants such as phytoplankton.
4. The Ocean Is Full of Surprises
It’s estimated that between a few hundred thousand and a few million different species of ocean life exist. From the sunlit epipelagic zone (1) to the dark, chilly waters of the deep ocean, there are numerous environments in which to discover amazing marine life.
5. The Water Is Salty Because Minerals And Sand Are In It
Rain washes away minerals and other sediment from the land, which then flows into rivers and the ocean. Over time, these minerals accumulate in the ocean, causing it to be salty. This is known as the water cycle.
6. The Ocean Is Responsible for Our Climate
The sun’s rays warm the water of the oceans, which then evaporates and adds moisture to the atmosphere. This creates clouds, which then release their water vapor as precipitation (rain or other types of water). The resulting water vapor makes up most of the world’s rain and snow. The water vapor is then carried by winds, which form weather systems.
Oceans are vital to the survival of all living things on Earth. We need to take better care of this incredible natural resource, and do our best to protect it from human activity. We can start by reducing our plastic waste and recycling wherever possible, and by avoiding activities that contribute to pollution in the oceans.