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Fit Tip: Walk Barefoot in the Sand

The next time you're at the beach, take a break from relaxing in the sun and get up and move around. Resist walking on the flat sand right at the water's edge and go for the dry sand. Ditch your shoes so you can really use your toes to grip the ground. Walking barefoot in the sand is not only great for the muscles in your feet and your calves, but because it's so much harder than walking on a flat surface, you'll burn more calories. 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.

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insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
I like walking in the surf. That definitely burns extra calories. But swim socks are a must.
moonlite moonlite 8 years
Ew, if you walk barefoot in the sand in Galveston you're asking to get stuck with a hypodermic needle. But I grew up on the beach when I lived in the Middle East, and yes, walking on the sand feels wonderful and really works out your feet and lower legs. I miss nice beaches...
HipMom HipMom 8 years
When I got back home (Sardinia, Italy) there is nothing better I like than walking on the sand, especially the wet sand, with the waves wetting my feet and ankles on and off. I love it. Here... not so much.
imLissy imLissy 8 years
... I don't think walking anywhere on the jersey shore without shoes is a good idea :-/ I've seen some nasty stuff in the sand
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