Beach Running: Vacation Exercise

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Recently I went on vacation with my sister and her 3 kids.  Before going I was hoping that I would have no lapse in my current workout routine which includes weight training and HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio.  The particular workout routine I am doing has a great balance of strength training and cardio.

We were staying at Dunes Village Resort in Myrtle Beach which I highly recommend, especially if you have kids.  Before going, I called to make sure they had a gym and they said yes.  I was glad I could go on vacation and not have to take off a week from my workout routine.

We got there on a Friday.  I scoped out the place looking for this so called gym on the premises.  I was let down to find out the “gym” was actually a “exercise room” filled with treadmills, bicycles, and 1 weight machine that was a lame excuse for a weight machine.  What was I to do?  Before going I decided to go beach running one day.At the end of the week I ended up running on the beach 2 days.  All the swimming in the ocean and the pool was enough exercise to almost cover burning enough calories.

Run on Day 1:  I Had an awesome run.

 I ran for a good distance from the resort and I wondered to myself, “Am I the only knucklehead out hear running on the beach?”  Nope!  There were plenty of other knuckleheads out there running and taking care of their heart and health.  I think I was the real knucklehead out there.  I noticed everyone was running with shoes on except me.  When I got back to the resort I understood why.  I was the rebel in the group too.  Everyone else had an mp3 player/ipod jamming to their favorite tunes while running.  I chose to listen to the wonderful sounds of the beach, the waves as they were crashing on the sand.  That was very soothing and made my run even sweeter.I was able to work on my tan while running too.  Getting a workout in and working on your tan, now that’s what I call some multi tasking.I ran from the resort to the nearest pier.  The distance was about 3 miles one way.  I made it to the pier without stopping, but my knee that I injured about 5 months ago would not allow me to run the whole way back to the resort.  On the way back from the pier I was able to high five a lady running in the opposite direction.  That was pretty cool.

Run on Day 2:  This run wasn’t as eventful as the run on day 1.

I ran the opposite direction but I did not run near as far as the other day. Once again I was able to enjoy the awesome sounds of the beach when I ran.We were leaving to go home the next day so I wanted to enjoy the beach as much as possible.  So I decided to walk back to the resort, so I could enjoy the atmosphere as much as I could.Next time you go on vacation and don’t have access to a gym do like I did and enjoy a nice beach run.  Beach running can be a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and get a good workout in.

Counting Calories, Who Does that? 

Who has time for that?  Why waste my time with it?  If you want to get to a healthy weight and maintain it you might want to start.  If counting calories is a foreign practice for you, when you start it can be a serious wake up call.  Consuming too many liquid calories can actually be hindering your weight loss efforts.Liquid calories can be a bigger problem for your weight loss than actual food.  Calories in liquid form can add up quicker than you might  think.  One thing they don’t do, is fill you up and what does that lead to?  Eating more calories and increasing your chances for weight gain.

It is all a matter of some simple math.

Here is something to think about.  When you are working outside and sweating enough to fill a five gallon bucket in the summer heat, would it be more beneficial to drink a tall glass of water or soda?  Water of course.  Why?  Because on average adult men and women are made up of around 60% water.  The number is higher for kids.  Your body is not around 60% soda.  Soda doesn’t flow through your veins.  Point made—hopefully point taken.

Something else to think about in regards to soda.  A 12-ounce can of soda contains around 150 calories.  A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains around 250 calories.  If you drink a couple sodas per day, you are consuming a good chunk of your daily caloric intake just in liquids, not even food.  Replacing soda with water allows you to eat more food.  That sounds like a good idea to me.Just replacing soda with water will help you lose weight even if you don’t change anything else you eat.  Cutting out sodas will dramatically decrease the amount of sugar you consume too.There is a connection between liquid calories and weight loss.  You might be consuming too many liquid calories and not even know it. Do yourself a favor and get a glass of water and pass on the soda.

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