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 In Lifestyle

Black Rock: Health Benefits of Living by The Water

While we are all familiar with the opportunities for relaxation offered by a longed for beachside holiday, it turns out that there are more concrete reasons for our fascination with the restorative and transformational qualities of being by the sea.

You only need to travel as far as thirty minutes outside Melbourne’s CBD to find this picturesque family haven. Initially dotted with Californian bungalows and heritage homes, over the years the Bayside suburb of Black Rock has seamlessly integrated high end contemporary homes to create an appealing fusion of old meets new. While locals appreciate the unparalleled views of Port Phillip Bay, many also enjoy the innumerable health benefits of living by the water.

While we are all familiar with the opportunities for relaxation offered by a longed for beachside holiday, it turns out that there are more concrete reasons for our fascination with the restorative and transformational qualities of being by the sea. As our brains are bombarded with stimuli every day, often processing thousands upon thousands of

auditory and visual inputs, a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that being near water allows our minds to rest as these inputs are simplified. This, in turn, creates a mindful space that has been proven to relieve stress, anxiety and depression as well as promoting heightened brain function. For the lucky denizens of Black Rock these health benefits are a year-round proposition.

“During the warmer months, hundreds of residents can be seen flocking to the sandy shores of Half Moon Bay.”

Moreover, Bayside living inspires an active lifestyle with many Black Rock residents enjoying foreshore trail walks, rollerblading, running and cycling along Beach Road particularly on the weekend. During the warmer months, hundreds of residents can be seen flocking to the sandy shores of Half Moon Bay framed by the striking cliffs of Red Bluff, while for many locals their active involvement with the Black Rock Life Saving and Yacht Clubs is an essential part of their family leisure time. Overall, Black Rock delivers beachside living at its finest – combining countless health benefits with remarkable city access.

Images: Monica in Wanderlust Broadsheet

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