The sinking and shifting of sand provides resistance to your workout that pavement cannot compete with. Muscles in the knees, ankles and feet may need to work harder, but the soft surface reduces the strain on your lower joints.

When you’re close to the shore, the surface of the beach tilts – resulting in your body’s mechanics going out of rhythm. This means that during your barefoot beach running workout your hips will be nonparallel and the distance it will take to touch the floor with each leg will differ.

When going barefoot, it’s important to warm up properly to avoid injury during your training. Running on flat, wet sand helps to reduce the risk of tendon strains or pulling ligaments, but the best way to prep for a seaside run is to spend time stretching out. Don’t just go straight in for the shoeless cardio – warm up actively with pre-barefoot running exercises.

Head to the beach and start your barefoot beach running workout!

BAREFOOT BEACH RUNNING WORKOUT

1.    ANKLE ROTATION

Entwine your fingers and toes, then repeat to the right and the left with both feet for 30 seconds.

2.    SKIPPING

Get your feet in the sand and skip, knees up high, for two minutes.

3.    BACK KICK RUNNING

Kick your palms with your heels for two minutes to stretch out those upper leg muscles.

4.    MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS

Create a groove in the sand with your feet and prep the glutes, thighs and calves by performing this core-activating move for 30 seconds.

5.    PLANK SIDE JUMP

Prep your legs, core and ankles by exploding into this plank variation for 30 seconds.

6.    BAREFOOT RUNNING

Time to pound the shores for an exhilarating 20 mins. Suck up the salty air and go for it!

 

Nothing beats diving into the ocean after a barefoot beach run. Not only will the chill of the waves rejuvenate the body, it’ll soothe your hard-worked muscles so you can dry off feeling refreshed and 110% alive.

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