Kick Your Butt Into Shape (Literally) With These Beach-Friendly Workouts

The new year is just around the corner, believe it or not! If you’re anything like us, you have “workout more often” or “sculpt abs for summer” on your resolution list. Even if you’re just looking to spice up your workout routine, the beach is an awesome place to do it. Kick your butt into shape with these body-weighted, beach-friendly, totally challenging workouts. 

HIIT workouts: HIIT workouts are proven to burn more calories both during a workout and throughout the rest of your day. You’ll burn more fat and calories in a fraction of the time you would on a 3 mile run. Start by getting your heart rate up with cardio – this can be a short jog, burpees, jumping jacks, or high knees. From there, incorporate body-weighted exercises such as lunges, squats, bicycle crunches, and shoulder tap push ups in between short cardio series. By alternating between cardio and strength training, you won’t get bored with your workout and you’ll burn an insane amount of calories burned in just 30-45 minutes. This is perfect for those looking for an interesting workout with proven results. Chloe Ting has some incredible HIIT workouts with a great playlist to keep your motivated! Plus, this 25 minute workout can burn up to 360 calories which is a fraction of the time you would have to spend on the treadmill to burn the same amount. 

Strength Training: If you’re still following the strength training rule of “train a different muscle group each day” (as you should!), pick a muscle group you want to work out each day. For example, Monday, you may work on your back, shoulders, and arms. Tuesday, you may do an ab workout. Wednesday might be the day you work your booty and legs. Thursday you can do a chest, core, and arms workout. And wrap up the week by doing a full body workout on Friday. Don’t forget to give yourself a rest day or two for your muscles to recover. Check out this video from Emi Wong which features 8 Quick Travel Workouts! 

30-Day Challenge: Challenges are the perfect workouts to keep you on track and on a scheduled fitness routine. They hold you accountable for showing up and working out frequently. Blogilates has an incredible selection of 30-day challenge workouts, ranging from a 100 glute challenge to a 100 ab challenge that targets slightly different muscles by incorporating different workouts each day. And you guessed it – no matter what exercise you’re doing on a particular day, whether that be day 1 or day 25, you’ll be doing 100 of them. But don’t let that intimidate you! We have faith in you. Remember, it’s all about mind over matter. 

Power Yoga: Sure, yoga can be practiced for meditation, but it can also be used to burn many calories while adding flexibility and blood flow to your muscles. Yoga is incredible in terms of its effects on your mind and body. By practicing yoga a few times a week, you will sleep better, feel less stressed, improve flexibility and strength, and so many more heart and mind-healthy benefits. Check out this PopSugar power flow video for tight abs and a toned butt. Or, challenge yourself with this 45 minute power yoga workout led by west coast fitness trainer, Michelle Goldstein, for the ultimate sweaty yoga practice. 

No matter your fitness level, we can all benefit from moving our bodies for at least 30 minutes a day. If you feel stuck in a rut with your current routine or are having trouble motivating yourself to workout, try one (or all) of these workout on the beach. After all, there couldn’t be a better view in front of you!

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