Strengthen your bones!
You know that spending 10 minutes in the summer sun kick-starts production of bone-bolstering vitamin D. Well, walking on a beach enhances the benefit! Strolling on sand is a weight-bearing activity that takes up to 2.5 times more force and effort than walking the same distance on pavement, explain experts in The Journal of Experimental Biology. ■ Get the benefit anywhere! Walking barefoot in your backyard has similar benefits. “Walking on any uneven natural surface requires your muscles to work harder to maintain balance, which improves your strength, flexibility and coordination,” notes Mary Lou Minard, owner of Joy of Yoga in New York.