8 Tips for an awesome beach workout

The beach is a great workout location; fresh air, lots of space, plenty of free vitamin D (research suggests lack of vitamin D is linked with weight gain), unstable and constantly shifting sand to make your workout more demanding and the sea for yet more workout opportunities and somewhere to cool off when you’re done.

Follow these tips to make your beach workout as safe and effective as possible.
Check the sand for hazards. Before you start your workout, do some beach combing and look for any potential dangers. Look for hazards such as sharp shells, broken glass, tin cans, driftwood. If you are in any doubt, move to a different part of the beach and keep your shoes on.
Wear the right clothes. Wear your old beaten up workout gear. Beach workout gear is exposed to heaps more wear and tear than regular workout clothes. Sand can stain light colored clothing a yellow. Sun and salt water can bleach your clothes and leave them hard and rough. Not cool. As for your kicks, shock-absorbing running shoes aren’t ideal because the yielding sand is already massively shock-absorbing – it’s partly what makes exercising on sand so challenging. Working out barefoot at the beach is seriously effective – it activates more muscles in your feet and improves proprioception. However, if you’re not 100-percent certain that the sand is clear of potentially injurious hazards, or you need extra support, wear shoes.

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