Sand running or beach running sounds so interesting, but many are wary of trying this out due to the special challenges involved. But who can resist the nice ocean breeze, sound of waves, and the soft beach sand. While we have gone over the specific challenges in beach running, the rewards of running on the beach are too great to ignore.
But before you remove your shoes and start jogging down the beach or sand dune, you’ll realize that running on sand isn’t as easy as the Baywatch crew makes it seem. As they say, the good things in life often require some extra effort and trust us, in the case of beach running, the struggle is worth it. Even surfaces like sand dunes or deserts can offer the same feeling as running on a beach, but with the added challenge of running up and down hills.
Strengthen your weak links
As your foot is primarily used to stable surfaces, sand makes it difficult for you to walk on the beach without some extra effort. This means your body is forced to use the smaller muscles in your lower body, particularly in your foot and ankle, to balance you. This, in turn, makes these muscles stronger, which will also play a part in overall development. By strengthening these stabilizing muscles on a beach, you protect yourself against injury.
You burn more calories
Running on sand makes you work harder. We have all noticed how it’s much harder to get up to your regular walking or running speed on a beach. With each step your feet sink rather than staying where they are when landing on asphalt, forcing you to use more energy than running on stable surface. also help you burn around 30 percent more calories.
Give your joints a break
It’s known that road running gives a right pounding to you lower joints, such as ankles and knees. Running on sand reduces this by a great factor, while also working out your calf muscles more than otherwise.
When it comes to backdrops, there’s little that can compete with wide open space of the sea or a desert. The beautiful scenery should inspire you to put in more effort in your run. And you are likely to feel more refreshed than you already do after a run. After all what nature provide us is free-of-charge.
Perfect for barefoot
Going barefoot might be difficult at the beginning, because your feet are used to the cushioning of the shoe and the stability support. However, ease into a barefoot routine, to work out those dense network of muscles in your foot, from your toes to the metatarsals.