If you live near the beach, you may have thought about taking your running shoes out to the shore and breathe in the salty air while working out. It should come as no surprise that running at the beach is different from typical street running. To keep your heels and back healthy, keep several of these tips in mind when you go out for a beach jog.

Start on Dry Sand

Running on any sand is harder than running on concrete. Dry, grainy sand has a lot of give, making it the harder surface to run on at the beach. Depending on what time of the day you decide to run, the tide may provide you with enough area to run on wetter sand. Wet sand is firmer and helps ease you into beach running with a reduced risk of overworking yourself.

Start with Shoes

One of the more appealing ideas about beach jogging is that you can run without your shoes on. Don’t jump into this idea right away; your feet are used to having your sneakers on while working out. Without the extra support, you may find your calves, heels, and ankles more sore than usual. Hard, wet sand is strong enough that your shoes don’t dig into it too much. Keep the workout easy and enjoyable to minimize the shock your legs might feel due to sudden transition from concrete to sand. Once you get used to the sand with sneakers on, experiment with smaller distance barefoot jogs.

Wear Sunblock

If you are a Florida native, then this should be second nature. Otherwise, keep in mind that the ocean nearby reflects the sun onto your skin, strengthening the UV Ray exposure. Keep dangerous skin conditions away with strong sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat. Try to run at a beach that has water fountains nearby, or stores that provide water after your run.
Beach jogging can be a great change of pace from your usual workout. As long as you keep your safety in mind, you might find new gains and opportunities for your workout. If you’re looking for more improvements to your exercise routine, try one of our free fitness classes at PumpFit Club!