Training: Training at the beach
Training at the beach

With the summer holiday season fast approaching, you may well be thinking about heading to the beach. But why not train whilst you’re there! Here are some of the benefits of going for a run at the beach...

Intensity training

Running on the beach is really good for high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The sand is a different terrain to what you’re used to and so it increases the amount of effort you put in.

Improves your running technique

The sand on the beach is soft and gives way as your foot pushes off, meaning some of the elastic energy that is usually transferred to your next step is lost. Therefore in order to be able to run at a decent pace, your body develops an efficient technique with a midfoot strike and a stable push-off.

Engaging your core

As well as your feet and legs having to work harder on sand, you have to engage the muscles in your core to compensate for the uneven surface. 

Burning calories

Since running on sand makes your muscles work harder, you can burn a lot more calories - around 30% more! 

Injury prevention

Try running on sand without trainers! It gets the smaller muscles in your ankles, feet and knees to work harder. This strengthens your muscles and therefore can help prevent common road running injuries. But bear in mind you should keep your shoes firmly on to start with, to allow your feet to get used to the new surface.

Training with a view

Finally, enjoy the change of scenery. There are many mental health benefits of exercise and introducing a new route and changing your usual routine will be a breath of fresh air - literally!

Please seek medical advice before starting any kind of intensive training or exercise plan.


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