Foot and ankle injuries if left untreated may make for a more complicated injury and might even lead to foot and ankle surgery. While early treatment is beneficial, it is also helpful to lead an active lifestyle that strengthens the foot and the ankle muscles, and helps prevent major injuries to the foot and ankle. Physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center treat various types of foot and ankle problem and offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Having said that, beach running is a great way to tone the foot and ankle muscles and to avoid injuries. Here are a four important benefits of beach running. Let’s take a look.
1. Strengthens Weak Muscles
One of the benefits of beach running is that it strengthens the small muscles in the foot and the ankle. These muscles are generally weak as we don’t use them when walking or running on the roads or any hard surface. However, when one runs on the beach, the smaller muscles get used in order to stabilize our body when running on an uneven surface (such as a beach). Running on the beach also helps stabilize the small muscles which in turn helps prevent foot and ankle pain.
2. Has Minimal Impact on the Foot
When running on the beach, your foot and ankle are subject to less stress. Reason being when your foot lands the sand shifts creating a softer surface for your foot as compared to running on pavement. As a result, your lower body including the feet and ankles are subject to less stress and pounding.
3. Helps Burn More Calories
Running on the beach helps burn more calories as it requires around one and a half times more energy than running on a hard surface, like pavement. The effort and muscle engagement that you need when running on the beach is also more as compared to what’s needed when you are running on a hard surface. This in turn helps you burn more calories as compared to running on the pavement.
4. Increases Endurance Level
Walking or running on the beach takes a lot more effort than walking on a hard surface. The reason is you are working on a softer surface and need to exert more effort to firmly put your feet on the ground. This engages more body muscles and is a good alternative to a resistance training session at the gym.
Last Few Words
Being active is an important part of staying healthy. If you live near a beach or plan on visiting one so we hope you get out there and enjoy doing something active like walking or running. If you have been experiencing foot and ankle pain, do not wait for it to become more aggravated. Consult an experienced physician quickly. At Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center we can help you connect with experienced orthopedic physicians who participate in the referral line, known for treating and managing foot and ankle problems. All you need to do is book an appointment, or simply call at 1-888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.