Seven Incredible Benefits of Beach Running

It doesn't have to be summer to take advantage of running on the beach. In fact, during the rest of the months of the year, the majority of people will not be using the beach, so this makes beach running even more pleasurable.
Seven Incredible Benefits of Beach Running

Last update: 11 October, 2018

Maybe you are used to exercising all year round, and you don’t know how to continue training during vacation? Or maybe it’s just the opposite, and you want to take advantage of a change of scene? In this article, we’ll tell you what the main benefits are, of running on the beach.

Why run on the beach?

During summer we can do many different outdoor exercises, and vacations are no excuse to abandon training. They can even be the perfect time to start a routine that will be extended throughout the year.

Running on the beach is a pleasure, that’s difficult to explain in words. You have to experience it for yourself! Being in contact with the breeze, the smell of the sea, the sound of the waves, the sun and the sand, no doubt recharges our energy. There are many benefits of this practice, including:

1. You eliminate stress

The fact that we escape the city and the obligations that go with it, means it’s relaxing in itself. If you are suffering from stress, due to your work load or everyday problems, we recommend that you run on the beach.

Girl running barefoot on the beach.

There is nothing more beautiful than exercising surrounded by nature. You can train early in the morning to have the whole beach to yourself and avoid sunburn. In addition, this will give you energy for the whole day and you’ll have more time to do extra activities.

2. Improvements in breathing

When you exercise, your body needs a good amount of oxygen. When you do this on the beach, you can breathe the purest of air. The humidity, air quality, and temperatures that are found on the coast, are far superior to those found in the city. In this way, when running on the beach you’ll feel that you have more strength, energy, and endurance.

3. You burn a lot of calories

Unlike when we run on tracks, or on another flat surface, on the beach we have a new obstacle: sand.

This means that the effort we need to make is greater, and therefore, we burn more calories as a result. In addition to this, we must add that summer heat, and humidity, make us sweat more. Don’t forget to hydrate before, during and after exercise!

4. Wounded scars

One of the effects of running on the beach without shoes, is that we can disinfect typical wounds that appear on the feet. As long as we take care to clean the area well so that there is no sand, seawater has an excellent natural healing ability.

Even if you’re not used to it, try to exercise barefoot; you will notice the difference instantly.

5. It is perfect as rehabilitation

Running on the sand is great if we have suffered an injury. And also, if a part of the training is performed in the water, we can enjoy its benefits on our knees, ankles, quadriceps, etc.

Couple running along the beach.

6. Take care of your joints

The impact of the sand is much less intensive than on asphalt. Therefore, people with joint problems are recommended to run on the beach every morning or afternoon. They’ll be able to exercise without suffering pain at the end of the day.

7. You will enhance balance and stability

The irregularity of the sand gives us an unequal support that can be very beneficial. You’ll have greater balance and resistance in each step. Consequently, running in another place, such as a city park, will be easier for you.

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