5 Things You Don’t Know About Fitness on the Beach

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Just recently, I worked out with top fitness trainer, Amen Iseghohi at Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles, California. It was intense! Amen and a few other trainers led a group workout that was full of squats, sprints, and tire lifts. However, even though the workout was tough, the beautiful scenery of the beach made everything a little easier. I left feeling like every muscle group had been thoroughly worked and happy to be out being healthy in the fresh air. Here are a few fun facts that I learned about taking your workout to the beach.

1- Running on Sand is Cardio and Strength Training:
In addition to getting your heart rate up, taking a run on sand as opposed to on a flat surface actually helps to strengthen your arches and ankles. Running on sand forces your body to work harder and therefore creates more of a challenge for your muscles.

2- Surfing is the Ultimate Core Workout:
Ever wonder why surfers have wash board abs? It’s because in order to maintain balance while ripping through waves, the entire core and lower body must be engaged. No sit-ups required.

3- The Sun Can Provide you with More than Just a Tan:
We all love the beauty of a sun kissed glow, but did you know that when the sun hits the skin, a reaction takes place that enables your skins cells to create Vitamin D. Fifteen minutes of exercise on the beach will not only help to tone your muscles but can also help strengthen your bones.

4- Swimming is the Perfect Resistance Workout:
Did you know that swimming works your whole body and can burn more calories than workouts done on land? It’s true, moving through water creates resistance for your body and helps build muscle tone.

5- Playing Beach Sports is Exercise that Feels Like Fun:
If you dread going to the gym, head to the beach instead. Getting a group of friends together to play frisbee or beach volleyball can be an exciting and social way to get in a total body workout!

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