The epic scene of a runner tracing the shoreline and working up sweat, before jumping into the ocean isn’t only a thing in the movies—or at least it doesn’t have to be.
Changing workout surfaces has a significant effect on your body. Although working out on sand can definitely challenge your muscles and improve your endurance, it can also be a painful transition if you do too much, too quickly. Start slow, with a short session and see how you feel.
Try It Barefoot
Who wouldn’t want the feeling of sand through their toes? As long as you don’t need shoes to support an injury, try your workout on the sand sans shoes. It feels great, employs a few extra muscles in your feet and ankles and sand in your shoes is no body’s idea of fun.
Bring the Right Gear
If sunglasses and a hat are “extras” on other runs, they are must-haves at the beach. Remember where you’re going and be sure to pack something to protect your skin and eyes (hello, sunscreen). Find some top sun protection choices here.
Find a Flat Lane
Running on an angle can stress your body and promote poor form, so find a lane that’s as flat as possible. Try to return on the same path so each side of your body gets the same treatment. Also keep in mind that hard, wet sand will be easier to run on, while soft, loose sand will tire you out quickly.