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."