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7 benefits of beach walking

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

The vacations for many are approaching. How many of you have planned to spend a few days relaxing and having fun at the beach? And how many of you when at the beach do beach walking?

Walking on the sand gives a sense of freedom, eliminates stress and allows you to stay fit even on vacation. It only takes 20 minutes a day to do this, preferably early in the morning or late in the afternoon, to avoid sunburn and unnecessary fatigue.

In this article you'll fine out 7 benefits of beach walking.

Girl walking on the beach at sunset
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1- Tones and strengthens muscles

With each step taken, the foot sinks into the sand, meaning that more effort is required to pull it out and take the next step, which strengthens muscles, joints, tendons in the feet and ankles, and all muscles in general. Simply put, walking on sand is a complete workout. Studies say it takes 2.1-2.7 times more energy to walk or run on sand than it does to move at the same pace on hard surfaces.

2- It makes you burn more calories

Walking on sand consumes about 600 calories in an hour, many more than walking in the city. Compared with walking on the road surface or grass, taking steps on sand requires a greater amount of energy, which needs more effort that, in turn, will burn more calories.

3- Improves mood

Walking on the beach definitely helps improve mood: it regenerates the mind and spirit, makes one feel more charged and motivated, and, in some specific cases, can help boost self-esteem and positive self-perception. It helps keep bad thoughts away, disconnect from work commitments and emotions that lead to a restless, anxious and stressed state of mind.

4- Protects and stimulates joints

Walking on sand does not jeopardize the stability and health of joints; in fact, according to several studies, there are many athletes who opt for sand training specifically to strengthen ankles and knees and prevent possible injuries.

5- Trains the cardiovascular system

While walking on the sand, you can include some low-impact cardiovascular exercises that supplant the classic treadmill or exercise bike. In fact, performing them in the open air and within walking distance of the sea facilitates the work of the heart and allows for a full, but not overly heavy, workout.

6- Regenerates the feet

Walking on sand without wearing shoes allows the feet to be free and to breathe. This also helps prevent pain and deformities. Sand also constitutes a gentle but effective massage for the soles of the feet. It also regenerates the skin thanks to the grains, which have a natural exfoliating effect, removing dead cells and making the feet softer.

7- Counteracts bloating and a sense of heaviness

Walking on the beach also helps to combat fluid stagnation and eliminate swelling in the lower limbs. A walk on the sand, in fact, participates in the reactivation of venous return. Those who suffer from venous circulation problems and experience swelling, fatigue and heaviness should walk barefoot almost every day so that blood can flow better throughout the body.


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