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Should You Exercise on the Beach?

Running on the sand can be a good way to strengthen foot and ankle muscles and the stabilizers of other joints.

Whether you're considering a morning jog along the ocean or just want to throw a Frisbee with your kids at the beach, you should know that running on sand has its own set of benefits and potential risks.

"Beach training can be a very nice way to get motivated to exercise, with the chance to be outside in a beautiful, relaxing environment," says Dr. Kenton Fibel, sports medicine physician at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute.

"Sand does not have the same stability and predictability as other surfaces."

Benefits, risks, and tips for exercising on sand

Use caution

Wear shoes