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We have some beautiful beaches near us here in Fowey, which can be enjoyed at any time of the year. The great thing about walking on these beaches is that it is free, offering you a great day out for no cost! Not only this, but walking on sand can be extremely beneficial for the body, as we have outlined below:


Proprioception is the body's ability to sense movement within joints and joint position. Due to sand being an uneven surface, beach walking is classed as a proprioceptive exercise. This benefits your body, as it develops your ability to know where your feet are without you having to look at them. This allows your body to instantly react to changing surfaces, which helps to greatly improve your agility, balance and co-ordination.

Burn those calories!

Walking in sand, with or without shoes, burns more calories than walking on a pavement. Walking on dry sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy expenditure than walking on a hard surface at the same speed, a study in the "Journal of Experimental Biology" found. The higher the energy expenditure, the more calories you will burn, which is perfect for those of you who may have over indulged on our Fowey restaurants wonderful menu!

Build strength

Sand provides a form of resistance when you walk on it, so it is more demanding on our bodies than walking on other hard surfaces. Your feet sink into the sand with every step, which means your foot and leg muscles have to work harder to push your foot up and propel you forward. The extra effort translates into more intense strength training for your muscles, and even more so if you haven't got your shoes on.

Stress reduction

Those of you out there who are feeling a bit more adventurous in the colder months might want to shed your shoes and get your toes stuck into the sand. Doing this not only allows the sand to act as a natural exfoliant for your feet, but freeing your feet from shoes increases circulation around your body, leaving you feeling more rejuvenated. The feeling of the sand on your feet and between your toes also helps you feel more relaxed, and can even offer feelings of nostalgia, taking you back to beach trips when you were a child!

If you want to experience all the benefits of beach walking for yourself, why not book yourself a room with today? We look forward to seeing you soon!

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