Some cheerleaders are blessed with having the beach in their own backyard,
others travel to it as part of a summertime family vacation. Either way, the
beach is one of the best summer destinations to head to! While you enjoy the
water and the waves, you may notice that going to the beach can be an all-day
endeavor… leaving little room for exercise once you leave! You also may be
zapped of energy to do so, even if you do have time, as a result of getting too
much sun. Therefore, in order to avoid becoming behind on your fitness routine,
cheerleaders should multitask if they opt for a beach day. And, it’s easier
than you think! Try these three activities with your family and friends to
incorporate a bit of exercise into your next relaxing beach day.
1. Beach volleyball.
Who doesn’t love volleyball in the sand? Most beaches have designated
volleyball areas, so you don’t have to bring anything but the ball and your
buddies. Play two-on-two, or a full game of four-on-four if you have enough
people! Between the diving and jumping, you work your leg muscles, and your
arms are covered through serves and spikes. Bump some jams on a portable
speaker to set the soundtrack, and engage in some friendly competition under
the sun! If you happen to live near a beach, you might as well start or join a community rec
team to play on the regular. Just don’t forget to slather on some sunscreen
every two hours in between sets!
2. Throw around a
Frisbee or football. The beach is a long stretch of land–use it to your
advantage! Take a ball or Frisbee to your next beach outing and throw it
around. Unless you’re a cheerleader and also play in the NFL, chances are
you’re going to be running for the ball quite a bit. These short sprints in the
sand are great to build up your endurance, since they get your heart pumping!
If you get enough people together, perhaps schedule a game of two-hand-touch or
Ultimate Frisbee in a less-populated stretch of the beach. Just make sure you
don’t bother other beach-goers as you play and cheer your team on to victory.
3. Surfing. Okay, if you’re not living
at the beach, you might not have grown up in the water, strapped to a
surfboard. That doesn’t mean that you can’t learn, because surfing is great
exercise! Have you ever seen a fat surfer? If you have, it’s pretty rare. Now,
if you’re on vacation with your family, there usually are surf shops in beach
towns where you can rent a board and rash guard (unless it’s early summer, in
which you might want to lean towards a wetsuit instead). Again, unless you’ve
surfed a lot before, opt for a longboard over a shortboard. There are several
breaks at any given beach, usually around jetties, cliffs, or piers; the surf
shop can point you in the right direction. Once out in the water, the paddling over
the wave break alone is enough to get your cardio up–not to mention build your
arm strength! That means, if you’re a base, surfing over the summer is an
awesome way to get in shape to lift your flyers in the fall! Plus, a long day
in the ocean will burn off a lot of calories. Make sure to hydrate after your
surf sessions, because between the sun and the salt water, you’ve unknowingly dehydrated
yourself more than you normally do as you exercised!
What are other ways to maintain your
fitness at the beach? Have you invented your own effective beach exercises? Let
us know in the comments!