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Burning EXTRA Calories in a Sandbox

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Ever wonder why the beach babes of Baywatch ran across the sand to save lives in slow motion? It’s because it’s frickin’ hard, so those chopped-n-screwed scenes were actually accurate. Fitness enthusiasts often elect to take their workouts to the beachfront for the challenge of added resistance. This added resistance can help improve running speed and agility while providing a low impact workout surface.

The surrounding scenery isn’t too bad either.

Choosing to include sand as an element of your workout has added benefits. Compared to hard surfaces, sand is more pliable, which helps with shock absorption. It’s less impact and better for the joints, which is great for anyone dealing with injuries. When running, jumping, pushing or pulling, the sand adds resistance. This means a greater challenge and an added caloric burn! By consistently working in the sand, you can build strength, coordination, and stability over time because it forces you to work in a way you wouldn’t have to otherwise, raising awareness of core and intrinsic muscle activation.

While working out on the sand has its benefits, it isn’t perfect. The pliable texture is great for protecting the joints, but it can cause or worsen plantar fasciitis, especially with barefoot workouts. If practicing poor form in running or landing, there’s a chance of injury in the form of a twisted ankle. There’s also a chance of sharp objects lying around, increasing the risk of injury.The beach isn’t for everyone, and luckily there are options for those who would rather sit in gum than workout outdoors. Gyms and studios across the country are adding indoor sandboxes to their spaces. If you saw a giant adult-sized sandbox in your head after reading that last sentence, then you have the right idea.

I was just getting used to the traditional gym spaces I had been working in before accepting my position at Sandbox Fitness in Sherman Oaks, California. I’ve been a group fitness instructor for Sandbox Fitness for over two years now and what I love most about it is that the sand continues to inspire me. Each week I have the opportunity to create new workouts and experience the workouts designed by my colleagues.