Even so, there are challenges to running on the beach, too, Dowd says.
Although it’s better on your joints than pavement, beach running doesn’t eliminate the joint impact that’s synonymous with running, only lessens it, Dowd says.
“Beach terrain will be more rugged than running on asphalt,” she says. “So, if someone has joint pains or instability, it would likely be better to stick with a different option such as biking or a cardio machine.”
Plus, the uneven surface, while helping to work a broader variety of muscles, can also lead to injuries.
“Try to stick with the harder sand near the water and watch out for abnormalities in the sand that might cause you to roll your ankle or step in an abnormal manner,” she says.
As always, it’s important to consider your fitness goals and physical capabilities when creating a workout plan, Dowd says. But, if you’re looking to introduce a new element to your routine, beach running can be a great way to go.