We’ve all heard about beach running and how it’s so great for you. Did you know it also has some downsides as well?
According to Hugh Pennington, PhD, associate professor of exercise and sport sciences of University at Notre Dame Australia, sand running burns about 50% more calories than running on asphalt. This is because sand isn’t a solid object and requires you to use more muscles than asphalt for stability. However, this barefoot running could also lead to some injuries like stress fractures and tendonitis. This is also due in part to you using those feet muscles that you don’t normally use when running on asphalt.
To master beach running, take short runs on the wet sand. It will provide more stability and still improve your stamina.