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The benefits of exercising on soft sand are huge. With the sand absorbing almost all of the impact, the stress on the joints is significantly reduced therefore possibility lowering the risk of injuries. But this doesn’t mean the workout is less stressful by any means! You will burn a lot more calories working out in soft sand than on solid surfaces. So how much harder do you have to work? A 1998 Belgian study concluded that walking on dry sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on a hard surface at the same speed. Running on sand required 1.6 times more energy than running on a firm surface. Anyone who has tried exercising on sand will understand. Sand provides greater resistance than most surfaces so it requires more energy much quicker.
A typical sand fitness workout consists of a 10 minute warm up, specific to the type of session planned for the day. Obviously if the session is focused on aerobic fitness, there’s going to be lots of running, sprinting and jumping, so the majority of the warm up is focused on the legs. If its a boxing session or a variety of different circuit stations, both upper and lower body are well warmed up before commencing to ensure injury risks are at a minimum and the heart rate starts to increase gradually. About 25 minutes of high intensity, calorie burning exercise makes up the bulk of the session incorporating all components of fitness such as cardiovascular endurance, strength, muscular endurance, power speed, agility, balance, coordination and reaction time. The heart rate is generally racing by the end of the segment and a cool down helps calm this followed by stretching to ensure participants are able to walk the next day!
If you are a personal trainer wanting to spice up the programs of your clients, or are a regular exerciser who has hit a plateau in your training you may need to consider checking out Sandstorm Beach Clubs Sand Fitness program to kick your program in the butt!
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