I‘m back at Sag Harbor, NY for a two-week beach vacation with the family. I love the ocean and it’s so easy staying active at the beach. I don’t have to go to the gym or have to do any type of structured workouts to stay fit. My kids and I just got into skimboarding this summer. What an incredible interval workout.
Skimboards are the size of a boogie board but thinner. They are like little surf boards that you throw on the sand when there is just a little bit of water and skim along the top of the sand or ride them into a breaking wave. If you ever tried it you know how fun it is.
One of the best parts of skimboarding is it is such a great workout. What you have to do is sprint as fast as you can, then through the board down and jump on it. It’s a perfect interval workout. I love seeing my kids being so active. Yesterday, they must have done one hundred sprints by the end of the day. What I also like about it is I don’t have to worry about the kids in the surf. Even though I surfed for most of my life, I’m always concerned about the kids when they’re in the waves. You can’t take your eyes off of them for a second. Skimboarding is a great alternative for the kids when the surf is too rough or when you want a break from watching them every second.
Adults can have a great time skimboarding as well but expect to fall at first. Its a little like learning to snow board but easier. Start off on flat sand and wait until you have your balance before you try to ride into a wave. Count on getting a great workout but don’t over do it.
Taking a beach vacation fits so well into the Fitness Contrarian Principle # 3: Live an Active Life Style. Staying healthy and fit is not just about going to the gym for an hour. You have to find fun physical activities that keep you active all day. Just going to the beach in general is a workout. By the time you load up the car, then unload the car and carry all the stuff to the beach and then do it in reverse you have had an active day (just don’t ruin it by drinking a lot of beer and eating junk food).
The beach has always been a happy part of my life. The next time you have an opportunity to go, don’t hesitate. Once your feet are in the water, you will be glad you’re there. Plus, make sure you rent or buy a skimboard and give it a try. If you don’t want to try it, let the kids; I’m sure they’ll love it and have a blast.
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Best – Mike Cola