Friday, August 12, 2016

The Best Beach Workout

Working out at the beach can really push your body because you are in the sun, and exercising on  sand takes balance and endurance. Here is an easy, fun beach workout!

Warm Up:

Always start with a warm-up to get your blood pumping, increase heart rate, and stimulate your muscles to prevent injury.

Jumping Jacks
Jumping jacks quickly raise your heart rate without putting a lot of pressure on your joints.

*Four sets of jumping jacks, 1 minute per set. Rest 15 seconds between sets.

Lunges (Right and Left)
Start by stepping back with one foot straight behind you and both feet firmly grounded.. Bend both knees, trying to keep a 90- degree angle with both legs.  Exhale as you go down, inhale as you come up.

*Four sets of lunges per side, 20 per set. Rest 30 seconds between sets.

Bicep Curls
This is a great exercise to target biceps and arms. Remember to engage the core, and keep those elbows tucked in. Hinge from your elbow, releasing only the forearm. Exhale the entire breath as you release your forearm and inhale as you bring it back up.

* Four sets of bicep curls, 15 per set, both arms at the same time. Rest 15 seconds between sets.  Use dumbbells ranging in weight from 5-10 pounds; using anything less than 5 pounds won’t significantly benefit muscles.

Bicycles are a fantastic way to tone abs. Engage your core, extend one leg out parallel to the ground, and pull the other knee in. Keep alternating sides back and forth, switching leg extended and knee to chest.
*Four sets of bicycles, 30 per side (left and right). Rest 15 seconds between sets

There’s your beach workout! Now you can relax and soak up some sun (and
don’t forget the sunscreen!)

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