Sand May Be the Best Workout Surface

27 Jul

sports-fitness-dune-run-2[1]Although most of us train on solid ground, researchers say that sand may be the best workout surface.  In a recent study, when athletes sprinted on sand, grass, and artificial turf, training on the sand surface led to greater power output and caloric burn.  Additionally, the sand training had less impact on the athletes’ joints.

When you run on sand, your foot slips and sinks.  This forces your lower-leg muscles to do more work.  If you’re not convinced, try doing 60 seconds of sprints or burpees (or your usual conditioning workout) next time you visit the beach.  Since beaches are not readily accessible to everyone, check to see if your community has sand volleyball courts (lots do) and use them for an occasional workout.


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