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  • Writer's pictureChristina Serzan, PT, DPT

Benefits of Walking on Sand

Are you going on vacation this summer? If you are heading to the beach, you are able to give yourself a great workout with no equipment needed.

Walking on sand requires more effort and energy than walking on a man-made surface. This helps build your strength and challenge your balance/proprioceptive skills, especially when walking on loose sand. However, if you feel like your balance is not up to walking on loose sand, wear walking sneakers and walk closer to the water where the sand is firmer.

When walking on a beach, walking at a slower pace requires more energy and strength than a fast walk or even jogging. This allows for the muscles to control the movements of the lower extremities and allow for the muscles to work correctly.

Due to the lack of shade near beaches, avoid overheating or risking heat exhaustion by walking in the morning or evening. Try to exercise before 10am and after 4pm when the temperature is cooler. When walking outside, wear sunscreen and a hat to avoid overexposure of the harmful effects of the sun's rays. Be sure to carry a water bottle with you to remain hydrated throughout your walk!

Not only is walking on sand good for your physical health, it is good for you mental and emotional health as well. Walking on the beach helps relieve stress and helps you relax! Many people increase their walking distance on the beach because they are relaxed and not thinking about how far they are going.

If you are not going down to the shore this summer and you are in the Pompton Plains area, you can visit PV park to walk on the sand there without the long car ride.

If you have any pain or difficulties with the walking on sand, call our office to make an appointment with our physical therapists. Ask your physical therapist if you have any questions or concerns about exercising outside.

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