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The Vacation Prescription: Boost Your Health and Your Spirits With a Myrtle Beach Getaway

Scientists call it the “blue mind” — or the human tendency to react positively to water. And the raw power and restorative nature of the ocean make that especially true of a Myrtle Beach getaway, whether you look at the beach and surf as a personal gym, a place to relax or something of a natural pharmacy.

Consider all of the health benefits Bay View on the Boardwalk guests can take in during their oceanfront stay in Myrtle Beach:

Relaxation: With the Atlantic Ocean’s waves and Myrtle Beach’s sandy shoreline in their backyard, guests at Bay View on the Boardwalk can get Zen aplenty right on the resort property. They can also kick back in our on-site lazy river, lounge by our indoor pool, soak in the warm waters of a relaxing spa, or take in the restorative sounds of laughter heard when accompanying the kids to our oceanfront splash deck.

Of course, sometimes it is best for the mind, body and soul to just be still. Few things are more restful and restorative (if you need a reason to go, science will back this up) than a foray to the spa, which tends to make every little thing a whole lot better. Consider a Spa Sampler at Cinzia Spa at North Beach Plantation, where a massage, facial and manicure or pedicure will melt you into pure bliss. And yes — men get spa days, too.

Vitamin D: You probably know that many of us are deficient in vitamin D, right? The vitamin promotes bone health, and it may help reduce heart disease risk, lower blood pressure and even fight cancer. Your body produces it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight, and researchers say that just 15 minutes of exposure at high sun a few times a week will help produce the vitamin D you need.
Bay View on the Boardwalk guests can easily get a free, healthy dose of vitamin D with a walk down the backyard beach or the adjacent Boardwalk, not to mention the oft-needed exfoliation that sand performs on beaten-down city feet. (But please — don your hat and shirt and slather on your sunscreen after your timed exposure. You know what they say about too much of a good thing.)

Exercise: While we’re on the topic of walking, know that striding on sand takes 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than it does to move on a hard surface — yet another reason to book a beach vacation on a regular basis. And, of course, opportunities to go for a swim are abundant for guests at Bay View on the Boardwalk, with the above-mentioned array of water features on the resort premises and the ocean steps away from their comfortable rooms.

Walking and swimming are not the only ways to deliver a healthy outing. Guests can grab a cool cruiser bike at Beach Bike Shop (it’s less than a mile from Bay View on the Boardwalk) and explore Myrtle Beach. Learn the local bike regulations before heading out, however, and know that the Boardwalk has restricted biking hours depending on the time of year. Learn more about the rules and area bike routes on the City of Myrtle Beach’s website.

Better Breathing and Skin: Then there’s the salt factor. Ocean air helps clear out the lungs, making it easier to breathe. And immersing yourself in the water, even for a few moments, is said to have antibacterial effects on the skin, thereby helping heal acne and cuts and reducing inflammation.

Good Nutrition: While there is no shortage of delicious eats to be had on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and in the surrounding area, know that Myrtle Beach is also home to several very health-conscious eateries that provide a cell-boosting sit-down meal or a tempting grab & go option to stow in your bike basket or backpack. Kindbelly serves up feel-good, clean-eating breakfast and lunch, and the restaurant offers health-conscious options such as on-tap organic kombucha, organic microgreens and grilled tofu (organic, of course). Clean Eatz has three locations on the Grand Strand, all offering delicacies such as sweet-potato-chip nachos, build-a-bowls and wraps that are perfect for takeout. Fresh Market is a popular, upscale grocery store for stocking up on any number of luscious prepared eats and a bottle of wine — perfect for heading back to the Bay View on the Boardwalk environs and watching the tide come in!

With this many healthful reasons to take a beach getaway, you should book your trip to Bay View on the Boardwalk today — your doctor and your family are both sure to approve!

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