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Fit Tip: Do It in Sand

Walking and running are great workouts for your heart and lower body, and they're also free. So take advantage of the warmer weather and make your workouts even more challenging and workout at the beach. Walking or running on sand burns about 30 percent more calories than you would on a harder surface such as asphalt. Resist walking on the flat sand right at the water's edge and go for the dry sand to make your workout harder. Walk without shoes so you can really use your toes to grip the ground. Walking and running barefoot in the sand is great for the muscles in your feet and your calves, but be careful running on uneven surfaces can increase the risk of sprains, sprains, and tendonitis. Build your running time up slowly and wear supportive shoes. Remember, if your feet get hot, you can always cool off by walking on the wet sand, which is great for exfoliating the dead skin cells from your heels and preventing fissures.

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sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
is it just me or is the girl in this picture scary skinny?
Fawness Fawness 7 years
My friends often hurt themselves when running on dry sand...I don't know if it's their running technique but it seems that the uneven sand might be worse for your legs because it might imbalance each leg. When I used to run on the dry, bumpy sand I would always feel more strain in one leg, possibly due to the incline of the beach.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Uh, yeah, about that...I live in Northeastern Wisconsin where there is not really any sand to run in, so I can't see this happening for me. Next time I do get to go to the beach, I'll give this a shot.
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