One of my favorite ways to burn off the pizza, ice cream, and salt water taffy that are part of any summer trip to the shore is by splashing in the surf. Jumping the biggest waves definitely gets my heart rate up, and I love that I’m beating the heat at the same time!
What’s great about vacationing at the shore is that you can break out of your typical gym routine and stay active however the spirit moves you — like running on the beach, biking on the boardwalk, and playing spirited games of paddle ball.
If you’re like me and have answered the call of the Fudgy Wudgy man one too many times, try these 3 activities to help you tone up while you soak up the sun:
1. Get a bikini body, in your bikini
You don’t need fancy equipment to get a great full-body workout — a stretch of sand and a beach chair can do the trick. Try these 5 simple beach exercises, which use the sand’s natural resistance to help you tone and tighten various muscle groups. Do them solo, or make it a competition by challenging your friends and family. Master these exercises, and you can up your game by incorporating more beach gear, like towels and beach balls.
2. Wake up and salute the sun
Want to feel more energized and less guilty about eating too many boardwalk treats? Stake out your spot on the sand, and greet the day with a sun salutation pose. Many shore communities are offering group yoga sessions on the beach. Yoga provides amazing health benefits that can last long after your vacation. Check your favorite beach town’s events calendar for prices, locations, and times.
3. Go fly a kite
It sounds like child’s play, but flying a kite on the beach for just 30 minutes can help you burn up to 100 calories, and you can build core strength and balance by keeping your kite aloft. If you’re planning to be near Ocean City, New Jersey, on the Fourth of July, you can enter the town’s annual kite flying competition. Looking for more aerial action? Why not try kitesurfing, which combines wind and waves into one exhilarating workout? It’s been steadily gaining popularity at local shore points.
This summer, I’m planning to try a yoga class on the beach before I hit the waves. What’s one of your favorite ways to fit in a workout at the shore?