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Four things to remember before exercising on the beach

Exercise on the beach can impact your body differently from doing the same thing on pavement, yard or a fitness club. There are some important things you should prepare before you work out on the beach.

1. Your exercise will be more challenging

Unlike a hard floor, such as pavement or a fitness floor, the surface stays underneath you. But sand is an unstable surface which shifts and moves, your can be difficult to move on it. Your body must fire up muscles and tendons for creating stability. Even simple workout like walk in sand requires you to work your stabilizing muscles in your back, hips, and feet. Otherwise, hard sand can be pretty compact and firm, isn’t easier to get used to than soft sand. may feel a lot closer to concrete. But when you work out on any new surfaces, you should still take some precautions.

2. Start slow for making your body to adapt

Beginning slowly is very important for exercise anywhere. If you are usually work out on hard surfaces and then shifts to exercise on soft sand, the injury can occur because the stabilizing muscles are not strong enough to support the movements. If you want to avoid injury you should adjust different muscles which works harder than they normally do. So, you should start with low speed and low resistance, and gradually increase when you do fine and feel good.

3. Get rid of sharp objects

Before you get started you should check the workout place to get rid of all sharp objects hidden in the sand. Be careful not to step on sharp shells or broken glasses which can cut your foot. Also, if you slide on the sand, you can get burn but it is better than falling on pavement.

4. Avoid slant

There are slanted area between the drier sand and the wet sand closer to the water. There are a lot of beaches with slanted ground which give difficult conditions for running. You should find a flat area with soft sand or a shorter area where slant can be controlled. The hard, flat sand close to the ocean is a fantastic place for a long run.

If you exercise on sand, go slow, take in your surroundings, and adjust your body, instead of trying to push your muscles for a hard workout. Enjoy  your time on the beach with a decent view and avoid intense soreness or rolled ankles.