Do Yourself a Favor…
Not all of us have the luxury of being able to run on the beach every day, and that is a big shame because there’s so much good things coming out of it.
So even if you’re only vacationing close to a beach or if you’re one of the lucky ones that actually live close to one, there is no reason for you to not stroll down there and go for a run, here is why…
1. Run on The Beach & See Results on The Track
When you run on uneven terrain like sand the ground behaves unpredictably and differently in every step you take. This will help you to strengthen many of the small muscles in your lower legs that you normally don’t use as intensely when running on harder and solid grounds. But even if these are not your most used muscles while running in the track you can still notice a difference when having them and benefit from the more perfected movements you will be able to make.
It’s also much harder to run in sand compared to harder surfaces, which means you have to use your whole body more from the ankles to your hips and arms to be able to have more force in the movement. When doing this your body will burn more energy (calories), this will in time get you in a better shape quicker.
2. Variety Pleases Both Body and Mind
When you run on the beach you can usually choose if you like to run on hard/wet sand (best in low tide) or soft/dry sand (high tide). The hard/wet sand is more leveled and most gentle for your body, and is similar to running in soft trails and the soft/dry sand is kindest for your legs but give you harder full body workout. So you can choose to do some long or speed runs in the wet sand or hard runs in the dry, or do a mix of them which can give you a really beneficial & complete workout.
Just remember that if the dry sand is very slanted then it can be a good idea to run up and down the dunes instead of alongside the beach to avoid injury in knees and ankles. And also keep in mind that the more you run in the dry sand the shorter runs you need to do to get a good result.
3. Feel the Sand Between Your Toes
When running in sand you can choose to feel a little bit extra free by running barefoot which lets you move through a more natural motion that strengthens your feet and ankles. If your new to this though you should only run a couple of minutes at a time in wet sand and then increase it bit by bit with a couple of minutes for every new run, otherwise you could get injured.
When you run barefoot you can also switch to running a couple of minutes in the water and if you try to lift your feet over the water surface during these minutes you will also get an good thigh and buttocks exercise. Just keep an eye out for sharp object that may be lying around on the beach!
4. Meditative Surroundings
Beaches is considered to be one of the most relaxing environments in the world and running is one of the worlds most relaxing activities so what could be a better idea then combining them both into your own (completely free) therapy hour.
If there is a lot of people on the beach and you have an hard time zooming in then just put on some sunnies and slide in the earplugs and make pretend the beach is all yours.
5. Cool Down In the Water
After a hard (and hot) run there’s nothing nicer than to be able to just run straight into the water to cool down and rinse all the sweat of. Most running clothes are already very durable against water because they need to be able to handle a lot of sweat, but to be sure just take an extra glance at what your wearing including if you have any gear on (as an watch) to make sure your not wearing anything that’s not suitable in the water.
- Keep track of the low and high tides, so you know which time of the day is most suitable for the workout you want.
- On the beach, you are particularly vulnerable if it is hot weather because there’s usually hard to find shade and the water reflects the sun right at your face. Try not to run during the hottest hours of the day and remember to bring water, sunglasses, a cap and sunscreen.
- Sand in the shoes is a given, rub vaseline or other lubricant on your feet to avoid blisters.
- If your going to run barefoot and don’t want to leave your shoes at the beach while your running you can bring a small runners backpack to keep them in or if your wearing thongs you can keep them around your waist in a belt.