In the last few months, I have made a habit of beach running to mix things up and soothe my soul. With the world in its current state, it’s been a much needed reprieve. Running at the beach offers emotional and physical benefits, so let’s dive in.
Beach Running Is Beautiful
There are few things more beautiful than an ocean beach. I prefer to go at sunrise and am always amazed at the gorgeous views that come with it. You just don’t get prettier sights.
The Salt Air Is Restorative
Salt has some serious healing properties, so logging your miles in the salt air is extremely beneficial to one’s overall health. The sea air is said to help you absorb oxygen more quickly, and keep your serotonin levels properly balanced. People pay for halo-therapy (which involves breathing salt air) and salt caves/spas, but I prefer to go straight to the source.
Beach Running Promotes Foot + Ankle Strength
The shifting sand and uneven landscape make running the beach a fantastic way to build strength in your feet and ankles. Since the ground is unstable, runners have to work harder to stay upright. Whether in your favorite running shoes or barefoot, taking it to the ocean adds some extra challenge to your miles.
Beach Running Gives You A Chance To Explore
When you’re running on the beach, exploration is a fun “side effect.” You can take in the turtle nests, or run close to the water and look for shells, sea glass, and shark teeth. Hop up on the jetty and carefully make your way out to the water’s edge. Keep an eye out for boats, dolphins, and sharks. The options for adventure and exploration are endless.
Beach Running Gives You The Best Pictures
We all love showcasing our runs on the gram, and there’s something special about sharing photos like this. The beach offers an infinite number of backdrops for our favorite runs, and I love playing with angles and poses to get just the right shot.
Do you ever get to run at the beach? What are some benefits of your favorite running location?
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Please note, while running can be a great coping mechanism, it is no replacement for counseling and therapy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either one of those if you are struggling and need help.