Buff at the Beach: LIers hit the beach to stay in shape

With beach season in full swing, many Long Islanders are hitting the gym to get into shape, but some say there is nothing like a

LONG BEACH - With beach season in full swing, many Long Islanders are hitting the gym to get into shape, but some say there is nothing like a jog on the beach to lose the pounds.

Certified trainer Sean Levy says running on sand is much harder than on a treadmill.

"The belt is moving for you, so you're kind of just floating in space while you're on a treadmill," he says.

People seeking an easier workout are advised to jog on wet sand, but those who like a challenge can try soft, dry sand.

In Long Beach, people who opt to run on the boardwalk can also take advantage of several exercise stations.

"You can add a little calisthenics into your jogging routine," Levy says. "It's like a gym on the boardwalk, almost."

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