If you live or vacation along the beaches of the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you already know taking long walks on the beach is a popular pastime. In addition, the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean are pretty amazing. But did you know that leisurely walk along our Southern Outer Banks offers you some significant health benefits too?

Avoid Long Walks Off Short Piers

Bad joke… but yes, we have a pier on Emerald Isle (The Bogue Inlet Pier) and it’s a great place take a short stroll after your flounder meal at Bogue Inlet Fishing PierJordan’s Seafood or maybe the spicy shrimp at Rucker Johns before you dive into that banana split at the DQ. For those seeking a real challenge, leave the hard surfaces behind and opt for walking in the sand. Sure, it requires greater effort than walking on a hard surface, but remember, your testing those muscles and tendons making them work harder as you motor up and down the beach.

Slow Down!!

Exercise experts all agree that walking at a slower pace requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging. By instantly adding the ingredient of  sand and it requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy over walking on hard surfaces. If you prefer to pick up the pace, jogging on the beach uses1.6 times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces.

When Walking the Beaches of the Crystal Coast…

We all know how too much exposure to the sun can have a terrible impact on our skin. Be sure to heap large amounts of sunblock when taking your stroll along the beaches of the Crystal Coast especially during those mid-day walks. Be sure to take care of your feet too. A quick stroll down the beach in bare feet is fine, but if you are going for a longer distance then make sure you walk in shoes. Walking shoes are an excellent choice or better yet a good pair of sandals is an excellent choice too. That way you do not have to worry about getting your shoes wet. Podiatrist also warn against walking too far in the sand in bare feet as it can result in shin splints or a sore tendon in your heel.

What to Bring Along

In addition to the sun protection mentioned earlier, if you are walking in the heat of the day, I suggest you bring along these items:Walking the beach

  • wear a hat
  • a bottle of water
  • loose fitting clothing
  • should you experience overheating, just stop and take a cool dip in the Atlantic

Your Feedback

When is you favorite time of day to take a walk on the beach – early morning, late evening, or midday? Please feel free to leave a comment and let the rest of us know your preference.

Your Crystal Coast Blogger,

Bobby Carroll