Spending some quality time by the sea this summer?  Perhaps it is time to take your workout outdoors where you can sweat, burn and burpee your way through a new way to get fit this season. Unroll that beach towel and use it as a yoga mat, grab a water bottle as a weight and get pumped as you sun salutation and do reps in the surf as your new summer fitness routine.

Beach Body Moves

Let’s get moving and step outside our comfort zone of the gym. Working out on the beach is not only good for your body, but a great way to refresh your mind as you sweat in a whole new setting. If a local group yoga class or running group isn’t at your next beach destination, don’t worry. You can always go it alone.

  1. Find a set of yoga moves on Pinterest and work through a flow of poses for 20-30 minutes to start your day.
  2. Go for a walk at a fast pace or run on the beach in the early morning or evening. Make sure you are moving for at least 30 minutes to get the most benefit.

Feel the Burn

Do this circuit training workout for two to three rounds to burn fat and build muscle while upping your heart rate.  All you need is a towel and two water bottles:

  1. Work up a sweat by warming up with a run in the sand. Stay close to the water’s edge for firmer ground and move for 5-10 minutes. (If you prefer or need to stay in one spot, follow these moves for one minute each: jumping jacks, skaters, and then jump rope … no rope needed. Repeat a second time to complete your warm up).
  2. Drop it like a squat next. Grab your two water bottles and do a bicep curl as you squat. You can switch up this move with a reverse lunge as long as you remember to switch legs. Do this move for one full minute.
  3. Get down in the sand or onto your towel and do a minute of mountain climbers. It targets your abs and glutes.
  4. Stay in the sand and plank for a one minute on your elbows or hands. You can modify by using your knees.
  5. Flip over and finish the workout with a set of bridges for one full minute.

Sometimes all you need to really recharge and relax is to move the body.  Remember to stretch after any type of workout.