Running on sand is more challenging than running on the pavement, even walking requires more energy. Last century, way back in … 1998, researchers in Belgium published “Mechanics and energetics of human locomotion on sand”. leading to the conclusion that running on sand takes 1.6 times more energy than running on a hard surface.
Here is Socal “the land of eternal youth and hard bodies” people can exercise year round outside. We have so many beaches from Malibu to the OC that it would be a shame not to make the best of it. As far as I am concerned I rather walk on sand, which is still 1.6 harder than “just” walking.
But here is my contribution to that “1998” research.
Being at the beach is quite relaxing, especially in January, you listen to the waves while watching surfers and sealions having fun together. Not kidding here is a pic I took today:
The waves were pretty big today so everyone had a lot of fun. Check out more images from today’s beach day on our instagram @alekandsteph.
From what I could ‘observe’ it is important to alternate, running, sprinting and resting. I mean this hot dude has impressive results so he must be doing something right, right? On top of having great genes, obviously, he clearly is 1,6 times bigger, so the Belgians researchers were right.