The best things in life are still free, so hit the beach barefooted and start running!
Walking, running, sprinting or shuffling - they're all great for your body.
Running Your Way to Good Health
Soft sand running is a full body workout that does wonders for your body. It is a great supplementary component for your training, if you want to tone your whole body and are looking for a workout that involves nature.
Running along a soft sand beach suits almost everyone with an average fitness level. It is not suitable for people who are injured or unwell as the wet sand does not provide enough support. Running on soft sand has numerous benefits associated with it, which include improving your cardiovascular health.
Benefits of Soft Sand Running
• Burns more calories: With every stride that you take, you sink a little into the sand, which forces you to exert more energy than when you are running on a hard surface.
• Reduces the risk of injuries: Your stabilising muscles and joints work harder to keep you balanced on the sand, which prevents common running injuries. The sand also prevents injuries caused by tripping or falling, since you land on a softer surface.
• Provides resistance training: Running on the sand, against the wind, tests your agility and strengthens your legs.
• Has a low impact on joints: Soft sand running is great for your joints as it is a form of low-impact activity. The sand reduces the pounding on your lower joints, such as those in your ankles and knees. The sand also reduces the risk of shin splints and gives your calf muscles a good workout, without the risk of any impact injuries.
• Works out your calves and feet: When you run barefoot on the sand, your toes are forced to grip the sand, which works out your calves and feet.
• Regulates mood: The natural surroundings elevate mood. Breathing the sea air not only calms your mind but also boosts your performance.
Tips to Keep in Mind for Safety
• Avoid running down a sand dune to prevent ligament or tendon injuries. Run on a flat surface or on wet sand instead.
• Watch out for sharp objects in the sand, like glass pieces, broken shells and crabs.
• Don't overdo it, as running on sand reduces your pace. Be patient and build up your stamina over time.