Tips For Soft Sand Running

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posted by Aimee Whistler

Searching for a free, no shoes, no shirt, no problem alternative to sport? Then look no further than your local beach. Great for core muscle development, soft sand running means less impact on your joints and can lead to better muscle definition than traditional flat surface jogging. Whether you’re training for the legendary Bondi Barefoot Bolt in March, or just hoping to improve your endurance, we’ll take you through the dos and don’ts of soft sand running.

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Check the Tide:
Running on hard sand is the equivalent of a barefoot run on concrete, so make sure you get the most out of the beach when the sand is dry and loose. A great way of developing your running technique and training your core muscles, you’ll find hard surface work out’s much easier after a few sessions on the beach.

Balance is key:
Most beaches at any time of day are on a slant. Running at an angle can cause you to unevenly distribute weight between your knees and hips; try to stabilise your muscles and joints by finding a stretch of sand that is almost even.

Pace yourself:
Running in deep sand is a total body work out, using your abs, thighs and calves to keep you stable. Start off with short bursts of sprinting to gradually build up your strength. Remember to keep light on your feet with a strong posture and relaxed shoulders.

Gear Up:
Whilst we love to run wild and free, don’t forget about protecting yourself from the sun. Running next to a body of water means you’re liable to get double the sun exposure due to reflective rays, remember to apply sunscreen and invest in a good pair of sunglasses or a cap.

Dive in:
Proving the best things in life are still free, take advantage of your location with a refreshing post workout dip. Many sportswear companies now offer a range of quick drying run apparel or sports swimwear, so there’s no need to make the hike back to your car to change… Jump straight in!