There’s no comparison to working out barefoot with the sand squishing up between your toes.
Irrespective whether it is dry or wet, the sand on a beach gives your workouts more intensity as it makes exercising much harder than on a hard dry surface.
And for most beach workouts you won’t require much equipment, if any at all.
For getting the most from your beach workouts, try these exercises:
Perhaps the best beach exercise of all time, beach running burns up to 30 per cent more calories than running on a hard flat surface.
But don’t expect to run as fast – make it more of a jog on the beach. Running in sand increases the resistance it takes to move forward, plus if you are running on wet sand, you may be also fighting the resistance of water which further increases the number of calories you burn.
Don’t forget the wind. Usually if you are running ocean-side, there can be a constant wind further adding to the resistance.
If running is not your thing, try walking along the beach. By sinking in the sand with every step, it requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on a hard surface.
Plus if you walk barefoot, your foot muscles and tendons gets a greater workout which will make them stronger.
There is something different and special about performing aerobics on the beach.
It is so much more bracing than doing the same kind of workout in a gym.
The sand, the wind, the sun, the water, the movement, all come together to not only help develop your body not only physically, but also mentally. You’ll have a much better outlook on life after a beach aerobics workout.
Added Health Benefits
These 3 workouts also have some additional health benefits as well.
Seeing as they are all are done out in the sun, your body soaks up the much-needed Vitamin D, something many of us seem to be deficient of.
No matter if you run wearing shoes or stay barefoot, the sand acts as a cushion making it easier on your joints and muscles than the pounding they take when running on hard surfaces.
It is even better for you than running on a treadmill with a cushioned platform.
What can be more relaxing than spending some time working out on a beach?
Not only is it an exercise for your muscles, but a workout for your eyes, nose and mind.
Feast your eyes on the aquamarine water, smell the salty air, let your mind connect with nature.
“After your workout, treat yourself, why not just sit and chill for a bit and take it all in.”