5 Beach Workout That Are Actually Fun
Whether you’re on holidays or just feel like having an outdoor workout, the beach is an awesome place to torch calories and tone up.
Do you know that soft sand is great for your joints and makes you work harder, and the sea is perfect for water sports and fun games? Instead of just lazing around on your towel, get active and work up a sweat with one of these 5 awesome beach workouts. Just remember to slip, slop, slap!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
One of the hottest fitness trends of the last few years, stand up paddle boarding is a total full body workout. You’ll feel the burn in your abs, legs and arms, but it’s low impact so there’s no real chance of injury. To blast more calories, have a Stand-Up Paddling race with some friends.
Not all workouts have to be full energy – you need to look after that mind-body connection too. Yoga is the perfect way to do that, and the beach makes a beautiful setting to practice your Warrior I. Remember to bring a mat (or a towel will do), and find a quiet spot with an even surface. Sand everywhere will ruin your Zen, so do your moves on grass if possible.
Surfers bodies are HOT for a reason – riding the waves is seriously hard (but fun) work! Paddling is a great cardiovascular workout, and your legs and core will come into play as you try to stay standing. Book some beginners’ classes if you’re new to the sport, or better yet, find a surfer dude to teach you.
Grab a group of friends and engage in some friendly rivalry with an action-packed game of beach volleyball. You’ll burn some serious calories, test your balance, speed and reflexes, and have a heap of fun in the process. It also works your shoulders, arms, back and core. And, if you’ve ever seen a professional volleyball player, you’ll know it works wonders on your butt as well!
Soft Sand Running
There’s something liberating about running in bare feet on silky sand – provided it’s not too hot! Choose softer sand for a more intense workout – you’ll engage a bunch of muscle groups as you have to work harder to make progress and stay balanced. But while it’s hard and a serious fat blaster, it’s also easy on your joints unlike road running.
Did we miss your favourite beach workout? Tell us in the comments!
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