The Checkup: Why Beach Workouts Are Awesome for Your Body

Work out on the sand next time you're down the shore

• Not only is running on the beach a super peaceful way to sweat, it’s also really, really good for your body. Research shows that workouts done on sand get your heart beating 1.1 times faster than workouts done on hard surfaces—without causing any extra damage or inflammation to your body. Click through for great tips on how to make the most out of a beach workout. [Women’s Health]

• If you hit up Starbucks on a regular basis, you might notice something different very soon. Starting next Tuesday, the coffee chain will begin displaying calorie counts for all items on its menu at cafes nationwide. Question is: Do you really want to know? [Blisstree]

• How fun is this? Here’s a 30-minute body-weight workout routine you can do at a playground. (Just remember to wait your turn, children.) [Greatist]

• Welp, obesity is officially a disease, according to the American Medical Association. [Runner’s World]

• A word to the wise if you use health or fitness apps, like My Fitness Pal: They aren’t regulated by anybody to ensure they do what they claim to do. [NPR]

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