TOP 4 beach exercises
“Do something crazy: go work out on the beach for your beach body, Car!” That’s what I told myself when my body clock woke me up at an ungodly hour once again during my last summer holiday on Curaçao. It was the crack of dawn. Sadly, I don’t have a lovely beach outside my front door in Amsterdam, so when I’m on a beach holiday, I seize my opportunity. Because did you know that there are huge benefits to training on sand?
Working out on the beach means more resistance and therefore increased sports intensity. This has a positive effect on your metabolism, your fitness and hence also your transpiration! That’s why I go for a combination of a swimsuit and a pair of sports shorts for my beach workout, so that I can go for a refreshing dip straight afterwards! LovGorgeous!
My TOP 4 favourite beach exercises consist of fun and effective drills that use your whole body weight. Which means you don’t need any equipment, so you can get down to it anywhere! Note: don’t forget to apply plenty of sun tan lotion and take a bottle of water with you 😉
1. Toe taps
START: Lie down on your back, raise your legs and bend them at a 90 degree angle. Keep your arms stretched out beside you, placing the palms of your hands on the floor.
GO: Now lower one leg, taking two seconds to do it, so that your toes tap the ground. Change legs and perform 20 reps.
START: Stand with your feet a shoulder’s width apart, bend your knees slightly and lean your upper body forwards a little. Hold your arms out in front of you, hands together to make it easier.
GO: Now jump your left foot out and swing your right leg behind it, but don’t let your right foot touch the ground. The idea is to make the same movement as a skater. Keep jumping from foot to foot and perform 20 reps.
START: Stand with your feet a shoulder’s width apart and let your arms hang loosely by your sides.
GO: Now take a big jump forwards (i.e. not upwards) and cushion your impact by bending your knees. Really swing your arms to give your jump greater power. Do 10 big jumps in total.
START: First adopt a plank position. Lie down with your stomach facing the ground, bend your arms and place your forearms on the ground. Your elbows should be directly beneath your shoulders. Keep your head, neck, back and hips aligned and horizontal, like a plank.
GO: Now use your forearms to crawl forwards. Do a total of 20 crawls, i.e. 10 with each forearm.