If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean or will be vacationing soon by the shore, you too should take advantage of all the beach has to offer. If you want a hard core workout try the Beach Body Workout on the beach. But let me tell you, there are more casual and playful ways to burn some extra calories while hanging out at the shore. The beach isn’t just for lounging. You can also find a few easy ways to work out while you’re enjoying your time on the sand. We have some fun ideas for using some of your beach day to blast fat, build muscle, and torch calories.
Walk or run on the sand
The easiest way to burn calories at the beach is to simply walk or jog along the sand. Your body has to work harder to move on sand, so workout from the track or sidewalk to the beach you’ll automatically burn more calories and add strength to every movement. Mix things up by adding some water jogging into your routine, or try toning intervals where you run or jog for 10 minutes. Then do a short circuit of lunges, squats and jump-squats and then repeat for a total of 30 to 45 minutes.
Cool off and get a total body workout by going for a brisk swim when you’re at the beach. As long as the water is calm and you feel comfortable, swimming for one hour can burn 400 calories. Increase your speed and intensity to burn even more calories. Swimming also works on all of your major muscle groups. Depending on where you are and if there’s some undersea life to check out, even snorkeling can burn up to 130 calories an hour.
Don’t forget to pack a Frisbee on your next beach trip. Take your friends and Frisbee going to work your upper body and burn up to 175 calories an hour. Playing in hip or waist-deep water can add to the calorie burn and make the game more challenging, to run to make successful catches.
Jump in the waves
Feel like a kid again and burn calories by jumping in the waves the next time you’re at the beach. Keep yourself in waist-deep water where there are manageable waves and jump every time a wave rolls in. You’ll be using all of the muscles in your lower body to build strength and burn up to 300 calories an hour. Really focus on using all of your power to jump as high as you can with each wave.
Play beach volleyball
Embrace your competitive side and get some friends together for a game of beach volleyball. All of that running, jumping, lunging and reaching for the ball can burn 500 calories an hour, plus you’ll have fun while you’re working up a sweat. The extra resistance created by the sand also makes beach volleyball a good total body workout and helps tone your lower body (think thighs, glutes and calves). Ask around to see who among your friends or colleagues would be interested in a weekly game, or join a beach volleyball league in your area.