The Sun-Sentinel had a great article in the Lifestyle section last week; "Want to be Lifegaurd HOT?"  by Nicole Brochu of the Sun-Sentinel. Hot, in-shape lifeguards say that the beach is their go-to gym choice. So, if you are lucky to live or stay close to the beach, here are some tips:

  • Rent a paddleboard and paddle against the currents (for anyone who has been paddle boarding before knows it's quite the workout on just flat water, imagine adding waves).
  • Take advantage of both hard and soft sand surfaces; soft sand helps build stamina while hard sand makes going long distances easier.
  • Find 2 landmarks off the ocean and run against the current to the second landmark and swim back with the current going a longer distance each time.
  • Playing a game of beach volleyball will do a body good.
  • Swap a bike for a car as your transportation to the beach.

Florencia Morales, 6-years, Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue recommends: Mix it up. Morales, 34, prefers to run on the road. Mix up long runs on the weekends with shorter tempo runs during the week, allowing you to build speed and endurance at the same time, she says. If possible, work out with a group for motivation. Hot tip: Stay hydrated by incorporating lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet, and drink coconut water.

Photo by Mike Stocker / Sun Sentinel / July 25, 2013

Photo by Mike Stocker / Sun Sentinel / July 25, 2013

Jennifer Noonan, 16-years, Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue recommends: Just get moving. Whether it's renting a paddleboard, walking the beach in search of shells, or just throwing a towel on the sand for some situps, Noonan, 38, says the key is to "just start somewhere," and use the beach for motivation. The salinity in the ocean makes it easier to float on the water's surface, so get out there, stay in the shallow water -- and make sure the beach has lifeguards. Hot tip: Stay away from most sports drinks, which are loaded with unnecessary calories. Noonan's faves: Cold water with a little lemon or 100 percent juice for flavoring.