The Benefits of Running on the Beach

Did you know that running on the beach has many health benefits? The differences between sand and your average sidewalk or trail are astounding. One of the glorious things about living in Huntington Beach is the ability to enjoy the outdoors year-round.

While the following list is not a full scope of beach-running benefits, it is definitely a few of the top contenders.

Requires more energy

Running on the sand provides added resistance which requires more effort and energy, which leads to greater calorie burn (if that’s your goal).

Provides a softer landing

Running on the sand provides a softer landing than pavement-running. It puts less stress on your hips, knees, and ankles, which may reduce chances of impact-associated injuries and muscle damage.

Strengthens the smaller muscles

Because sand is an unstable surface, your smaller muscles, tendons, and ligaments need to work harder to stabilize for balance, creating strength in those areas, and helping to avoid ongoing distress of future possible injuries.


How has living in Huntington Beach affected your exercise and activity routine? Let us know!