Before you pop open that beer and soak up the sun, take 15 minutes for a quick workout. The soft, uneven surface works more muscles for a better workout in less time.
“Sand is a slightly unstable surface, which means that your core muscles work harder to help you maintain your balance,” says Robin M. Gillespie, a personal trainer based in Philadelphia. And, because sand is soft, it absorbs your energy and you have to work much harder to propel yourself forward when you run or jump on it — it's also easier on your joints.
From running to strength work, if it’s hard in the gym, it’s even harder on the beach. Here are 10 beach workouts you need to try the next time you hit the sand.