Why Beach Running is the Perfect Recreational Training
Beaches hold a special attraction to millions of people around the world.
They are the perfect places for vacations, spending time with the family
and romantic evenings with a special someone. They also provide the
perfect setting for an invigorating run.
Before hitting the sand, consider these pros and cons of running on the beach.
Obviously, many of these cons can be eliminated if you wear shoes, but a lot of runners prefer to run on the beach in bare feet.
The problem is, most people aren't used to going barefoot, not even in their own homes. So, you have to get your feet accustomed to being without shoes in the first place before you can train them to run without them.
The safest place to train your feet to run without shoes is in your own home. Running on grass is not safe because the ground is often uneven, which can cause your foot to roll, spraining your ankle.
Also, you may step on sharp objects or thistles hidden in the grass, which can be very painful. It may even keep you from running for several days.
Running on the beach barefoot allows your feet to naturally move through their full range of motion, which strengthens your feet and ankles.
But you shouldn't do it too often or for long periods at a time until you build up your muscles. Gradually increase the time and distance as your body adapts.
Beach running while wearing shoes can prevent many injuries such as burns, cuts and excessive stress on your ankles. However, shoes don't solve all of your problems.
The biggest problem is getting sand in your shoes which can cause some serious blisters. Socks and thick creams may be able to prevent much of the rubbing.
The best type of shoes to wear on the beach are ones that will keep out as much sand as possible and provide your ankles with plenty of support.
Whether with or without shoes, beach running gives you a great workout, and you can't beat the view!