Whether it is doing jumping jacks, pushups or running on the beach, the sand does wonders for the butt and legs. The uneven surface and softness increase the use of the muscles in ways that do not happen on a hard surface. It is, however, important to understand that fatigue from the workout in the sand is going to happen quicker because it is more strenuous.
I had injured knees with floating knee caps ten years ago which have been completely healed and I attribute that to the sand workouts. From a safety standpoint, if someone has a lower body medical issue, it’s important that they consult their doctor and modify their workout so that further injury does not take place. This means that the muscles (and cardio) workout have been enhanced without spending more time.
Another great benefit is deep breathing the ocean air which is oxygen and mineral rich and will help improve the immune system. Those with allergies may – over time – experience less allergy symptoms.
By Lt. Colonel Bob Weinstein
U.S. Army, Retired
Beach boot camp classes conducted on Fort Lauderdale Beach in South Florida
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