Bikinis at the Ready: Awesome Workouts You Can Do At The Beach
If you live locally to a beach, chances are it becomes your second home during the warmest parts of the year. But not only is it great for relaxing on and spending time with friends, but it also provides a ton of great opportunities for workouts. Here are just a few of the ways you can get in some exercise at the beach.
Surfing and Paddleboarding
Surfing gives you pretty much a full body workout, as well as cardio exercise as well. If you’re not confident enough to head straight for the waves or fancy something, a little different, paddle boarding is a fantastic option. Again you work and tone muscles due to it requiring you to balance, and the paddle action tones and works out your arms. SUP wetsuits can be useful if you want to go in the ocean while it’s still a little colder, or if you live in a part of the world that doesn’t have a tropical climate!
The great thing about swimming in the ocean is it’s completely free, and you don’t need any special equipment, just swimwear (or a wetsuit if you’re in a colder climate) and a towel to get dry on! Swimming is of course an incredible workout, but better still the saltwater has been known to help with a variety of ailments. Skin problems, sinus problems, and even hormonal issues can all be helped with swimming in the ocean.
Gather up some friends for a game of beach volleyball, or see if there are any casual games, competitions or matches you could join. It strengthens your arms, legs, and core and again provides an awesome cardio workout. But you’ll be having far too much competitive fun for it to feel like exercise! Why would you slog it out in a boring and stuffy gym when you could be doing something like this instead?
If you’re up for a challenge, why not go for a run on the beach? Your legs and cardiovascular system will work far harder than on solid ground- the question is, are you up to it? If you’re already very fit and find regular running doesn’t work you hard enough, this is one way to step it up a notch. It’s far better than a treadmill, you have the waves lapping the shore and gorgeous views of the beach to motivate you on your run.
Coastlines tend to be interesting places to hike and explore, so why not lace up your walking shoes and set out for the day? You could climb nearby mountains, explore caves, there might even be set tours of the area you could go on. If you have a dog, you could bring them along too. And the best thing is once you’re done at the end of the day you can watch the sun setting at the beach for awesome views.
Can you think of anywhere more relaxing to practice yoga? Get up early and hit the beach before the masses arrive. You will be able to watch the sun come up, and have a quiet, beautiful space to practice. There’s seriously no better way to start the day!
Do you take advantage of your local beach to workout?
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