A few hours at the beach can do wonders for your health. You’ll not only get a serious dose of vitamin D from sun exposure, but studies show you’ll also get a better night’s sleep, boost your body’s immune system, and lower your stress hormones simply by being near the water.
To elevate the body benefits of the beach, why not get your sweat on in the sand too? Training outside of the gym forces you to get creative with your exercises, keeping the workout fun and your muscles guessing (you’ll score some added resistance from the sand while you’re at it).
Try sprint drills in the sand, or the water if you’re a strong swimmer. Or, steal this shoreside workout from fitness celeb Christmas Abbott and turn your day at the beach into a fat-blasting sweat session.
How to: Complete as many rounds as possible of the following circuit in 15 minutes.
• 20 Mountain Climber
• 20 Plyo Skips (10 each leg)
• 10 Pistol Squat (5 each leg)
• 10 Single-Leg Push-Up (switch legs each round)
• 16 Single-Leg Deadlift (8 each leg)
• 10 Twisting Knee Raise
• 10 Starfish V-Up
Quick tip: you lose water through sweat much faster when exercising in the sun versus the gym. Don’t forget to stay hydrated!