Enjoy sun and sand while getting a cardio boost this summer!
If you’re lucky enough to live by the beach (we’re jealous!) or you are headed to warmer weather on vacation, beach running is an extremely effective total body workout! The sand provides a resistance that sculpts and tones your body from head to toe. Plus you get to enjoy the sunshine during your workout! Follow these tips for a successful beach run, every time.
Timing: With the heat and humidity in warm weather areas, it’s best to run early in the morning or in the evening around sunset. The temperature be cooler and the sun less intense.
Low versus high tide: Check the local weather and tide reports. When the tide is low early in the morning or in the evening, the sandy surface will be better for your body. The low tide creates an even, harder surface for your feet which creates a soft path that’s more forgiving on your joints. In the middle of the day during high tide, you can get quite a strength workout for your legs due to the wet, uneven sand. If you want that extra challenge, start slow!
Footwear: Running barefoot in the sand allows your feet to go through their full range of motion, strengthening your feet and ankles. If you prefer running barefoot, start with smaller distances to build up your strength. To keep your feet safe from shells and other sharp objects, it may be better to wear shoes. You’ll provide your foot with more support wearing regular road running shoes or lighter, trail running shoes.
Just like any other form of exercise, start slow and gradually increase the length of your runs. Try these 9 Tips to Improve Your Running Form before you venture out into the sunshine!
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