If you are overweight and out of shape, chances are you have spent a lot of effort trying to lose that weight and become healthier and more fit. Many people fail to accomplish their personal fitness goals for a number of reasons. If you are fortunate enough to live near the ocean, the solution for success is close at hand. The best news is that once you have the body you want, you will enjoy staying in shape.
The ocean provides some wonderful benefits when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. There are many ways you can take advantage of them in your quest to look and feel your best.
The ocean air is invigorating. It makes you feel good and gives you energy. When you exercise, this is the air you breathe, and it gives you the opportunity to exercise more while feeling less tired.
The sand gives your feet a great workout. It is good for developing arch support and keeps your feet strong. It takes more effort to walk, jog or run in the sand. You will feel it in your calves. You may experience some soreness while you develop strength and stamina, but that will disappear over time. Even though you are working harder, the sand cushions your feet, legs and body. That means you should not get shin splints which are often the result of running on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete.
The ocean shoreline is stimulating. There are many interesting things to look at. The time passes pleasantly and, before you know it, you have worked off pounds worth of calories. The waves are soothing. You can walk for hours and never feel it. You can combine walking, jogging and running for a varied workout that gives you the chance to recover a bit by walking before getting back to jogging and running. The seashore is such a fascinating place, you might want to set an alarm on your waterproof watch to make sure you do not lose track of time.
For an even more varied workout, you can add swimming. If you are just starting out, walk in the direction that is against the current and swim back, or swim in the direction of the current and walk back to where you started. Once you have worked up strength, you can reverse the process by swimming against the tide. You will be burning even more calories, but your exercise regimen is easier to stick to because it is so enjoyable.
Once you have gotten your figure and your body in shape, the ocean is the perfect place to show off your success. That bathing suit that has been haunting your drawer can testify to your efforts. Since you will be out on the coast several days a week, it is a great time to buy some more bathing suits. Show off, you have earned bragging rights.
Melanie Buckner is a freelance writer for SurfWear, a UK online clothing retailer.