We are so lucky to live alongside some of the best beaches in the world. It’s the perfect place to take a walk and it also offers unique health benefits compared to walking on the footpath or treadmill. As the warmer weather makes an appearance, why not mix up your exercise routine and enjoy a fresh stroll along the beach and these great benefits:
- Walking in sand requires more effort. As your feet sink into the sand, your leg muscles and tendons work harder than they would when walking on a hard surface, therefore building stronger muscles. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Biology, walking on sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on a hard surface at the same speed. This means burning up to 50% more calories according to BerkeleyWellness.com!
- It’s the perfect way to improve your balance and coordination as it requires you to adapt to changing surfaces quickly.
- It’s therapeutic. Getting outdoors is very therapeutic and is a great way to relax and exercise at the same time. For many people this often means walking further distances than they normally would on a treadmill.
If you’re after a challenge, opt for dry sand as it shifts more when you move requiring more effort and concentration. If you have lower limb injuries, especially ankle issues, it’s best to stick to walking in wet sand with joggers on for support.
To find out which style of beach walking is most suitable for you, consult your physiotherapist.