Exercise and vacation are two words unlikely to be used within the same sentence. When thinking about vacation, health and fitness may be the farthest from your mind. It’s always great to keep up healthy habits, but of course, it’s more than okay to take a break. When vacationing to a beach, Virginia Beach specifically, there are many fun activities to promote health and fitness, without breaking the bank.

The Virginia Beach boardwalk has an array of activities that cater to different fitness needs. Along the boardwalk, you will find numerous businesses, like Cherie’s Bicycle and Blade Rentals, offering bike and skate rentals for a low hourly price. The boardwalk stretches for over 3 miles, so whether you decide to bike, skate, run, or walk, it is the perfect place to achieve

a great workout.  Just keep in mind the importance of staying hydrated throughout your time at the beach, especially during the hotter months.

Believe it or not, the beach itself is another great place to work out. Incorporating the sandy surfaces into your workout has many different benefits. Running on the beach can help to improve running techniques, along with building and stabilizing muscle coordination. Trying to run in sand may seem difficult, but in terms of exercise, this is a good thing. Muscles must work harder, and the results – excellent strength building!  The Hillier Ignite Fitness Park offers a wide variety of exercise equipment for the public, and is a great place to exercise on the beach.

Many businesses in Virginia Beach also offer pop-up exercise events. Java Surf Café & Espresso Bar hosts yoga and other fitness classes, combined with their impressive menu. The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum often offers community yoga on the beach.

If the weather permits it, utilizing the ocean is another great way to exercise while on vacation. When heading for a swim, try to incorporate some water aerobics into your fun.  Exercising in water helps burn body fat, while also building stamina, strength, and flexibility. It’s also a great stress reliever and a great way to decompress after an eventful day.  Just be mindful of lifeguard personnel while swimming, and pay attention to any red flags that may be flying.

So, whether you decide to exercise on the boardwalk, the beach, the water, or all three, pat yourself on the back for choosing to stay active during vacation. A lot of times vacation makes us want to forget about the routines of our daily lives and ignore healthy habits.  Staying active, and more importantly hydrated, is an absolute must during vacation, especially at the beach.