Tips for Exercising on the Beach

20th October 2019
Exercising on the beach is a great way to ward off boredom, burn calories and enjoy a good time with loved ones.

Taking advantage of good weather by exercising on the beach is a great way to break the routine. And the best part is that you don’t have to break too much of a sweat for good results. Check out our tips today!

Exercise on the beach? Now that’s a good idea!

Sunbathing for hours might sound like a good plan but soon becomes boring after a few days. You might start craving something a little more active instead.

Many people opt for the earlier hours to exercise on the beach to beat the crowds. Meanwhile, others seek out the busy hours to make friends and enjoy a little exercise as well.

In any case, the beach has plenty of options. It’s enough to tempt anyone into breaking their normal routine or to start living a healthier lifestyle.

And of course, a little beach exercise helps us feel better too.

Tips for exercising on the beach

You don’t have to have a beach body, spend all day working out, nor drop all of your other activities to exercise on the beach. But you certainly can use beach exercise as a way to spend time with your family and even reconnect with yourself. Check out our tips:

1. Use sun protection

Regardless of if you swim or not, we recommend using a waterproof and sweat-proof sunscreen. Don’t forget to cover yourself every two to three hours, even on cloudy days or even when you exercise in the morning.

exercise beach sun protection

2. Wear a hat and sunglasses

The sea might seem harmless but the sand and sea reflect the sun and can harm your skin and eyes. A hat will protect you from heatstroke.

3. Drink water

Staying hydrated is crucial advice all-year-round, but even more sore if you’re exercising on the beach. You should always have a water bottle on hand to stay hydrated.

Ways to exercise on the beach

Not sure how to get started? Here are some fun ideas:

1. Swim

If you don’t know how to swim or haven’t tried it in open water, try to get in some simple strokes and kicks in the shallow end. On top of burning calories, you’ll be giving your body a work out without even realizing it.

2. Jump waves

Jumping waves is a blast. It’s also a great way to exercise with your children. All you do is wade waist-deep into the water and jump with every coming wave.

3. Beach sports

You can also try volleyball, soccer or tennis. There are so many sports you can play on the beach that guarantees a good time.

Some beaches even have sports areas for public use. Meet some new friends on the beach or simply enjoy a game with your family!

exercise beach sports

You can even try water sports such as surfing. Even trying to stand on a surfboard will work out your abs, legs, and balance. If you’re not ready to stand or can’t manage yet, just lay on your stomach and paddle with your arms and legs to move around the water.

4. Walking

There’s nothing more relaxing than walking along the seashore by yourself or in company. Morning walks are ideal if you’re looking for peace and meditation. But if you want to lose weight or tone your legs, you can pick up the pace and jog along the seashore instead.

Lastly, you can also bring your normal gym routine to the beach. That means squats, sit-ups, and push-ups with an ocean view, which could be much more motivating than your normal view. Now, you’re out of excuses! Get active on the beach!

  • Sociedad Española de Medicina del Deporte. Recomendaciones para practicar deporte en ambiente caluroso. http://www.femede.es/documentos/Recomendaciones_deporte_en_calor.pdf