One surefire way to put a damper on an otherwise great beach vacation? Sunburn! Keep the whole family safe in the shade this Summer with a lightweight, portable umbrella, cabana, or sun shelter that you can easily tote along to the beach. Here are 11 of our favorite picks!
As every mom knows, a day at the beach prekids and a day at the beach with kids are two entirely different things. While you may have to wait till they're off to college (or at least with a babysitter) to fully kick back and relax with a good book and a pool- or seaside cocktail, there are plenty of ways to make hitting the beach with the whole family less stressful. The first: come prepared. Check out our guide to a well-stocked beach bag that'll make your Summer beach days easy and breezy — just as they should be.
Relaxing on the beach can be a well-deserved treat, but exercising while there can be pretty delightful. If you want to go beyond typical beach-time activities, here are some fun ideas to help you get moving.
Take a long walk: You may be tempted to just lay out on the sand, but going for a long walk is a great way to get active. Walking on soft sand works your legs more than just going for a walk on flat ground. If you're planning on walking for a long time, then do your best not to go barefoot the whole way.
Don't just float: Floating out on the open sea or doggy-paddling around may be relaxing, but swimming in the waves can give you a full-body workout.
Throw a Frisbee: This game may make you nostalgic for your college days, but tossing a Frisbee can be an awesome activity for the beach. Your arms, legs, and core all get worked out by the aerobic exercise of reaching, running, and tossing.
Bring your yoga mat: Practicing yoga on the beach can be an active and relaxing experience. If you're not sure where to start, then try some Sun Salutations A on the beach to get going.
Go for a run: Even a quick run on the sand can help get your heart rate up and leave you feeling energized. If you're interested in an interval plan that alternates between walking and running, try this 35-minute workout fit for beginners. The best part is it comes with its own upbeat playlist to help you keep time. Follow these tips for running in the sand.
Plan an excursion: It takes a little planning in advance, but planning a fun and active excursion on the beach will keep you engaged — and be an experience to remember! Whether you try a surfing class or rent a kayak for an hour, you'll be getting in a quality workout while having a blast on the beach.
What's your favorite way to stay fit on the beach when the weather is hot?
We were saddened yesterday with the news that Annette Funicello had passed away. The famous Mouseketeer grew up to be the teen queen of the beach party movies of the '60s like Beach Party, Bikini Beach, and Beach Blanket Bingo. The series of films were inspired by the 1959 film Gidget about a young surfer girl, which had several sequels and was adapted into the '60s TV show starring Sally Field.
These swingin' '60s films and shows featured lots of bikinis, beach locales, musical numbers, and girlie retro style — so we couldn't think of a better bridal shower theme than one inspired by the beach party trend of the era. Think Tiki bars, pool lounging, and Mad Men-esque attire. Check out retro beach inspiration for your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or just Summer soiree now!
Spring has just begun, but we're already looking ahead to the lazy, hazy days of Summer. Famous families seem to be just as enamored with beach days as the rest of us, and we've captured some of the sweetest snaps of celebrity kids in the surf and sand. Whether they're a quick drive from their Hollywood homes in Malibu or Orange County or enjoying an exotic vacation, it's hard not to love a day at the beach!
Summer beach days are the best, but there's nothing worse than showing up to the sand realizing you forgot something you really needed. For safe, happy beach days, it's best to plan and pack ahead, and we've got a list of our favorite beachy picks to get you inspired. Dive in to check them all out.
Additional reporting by Leta Shy
We believe your Summer shouldn't end without at least one trip to the beach, and apparently these celeb families agree! Gwen Stefani, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Zoe, and many more have hit up the sand with their little ones this year, and lucky for us, we have the beach-frolicking photos to prove it. Keep clicking to check out 15 of our favorites!
As far as I'm concerned, summertime equals beach time — and the more exotic the locale, the better. If you've got a beach vacation coming up, take advantage of your surroundings by doing a few of these tropical-specific fit activities. And don't worry, even after you sweat it out in the surf and sand, there will still be plenty of time to lounge!
- Take your Sun Salutations outdoors: With more and more studios bringing their practices outdoors, beach yoga is no longer reserved for immersion retreats. If you're lucky enough to be staying at a beachside hotel, check with the concierge — it's likely they offer morning yoga as part of the room rate (or for a nominal fee). Popular vacation destinations like Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida make beach yoga a priority, so if your hotel doesn't offer it, research local studios before you go. If practicing outside is new to you, here are some tips for doing yoga outdoors.
- Get lost in the jungle: It may be hard to pry yourself away from the beach, but when you do, you're likely to find mountains filled with lush tropical valleys, rainforests, and jungle terrain. While you may want to go the insider route, a safe bet is to opt for trails popular amongst the tourist set. These hikes are usually safe and well-defined and are popular for a reason — expect a big payoff in the end, like a waterfall, a lagoon, or an amazing birds-eye view of the surrounding landscape.
- Go beyond the float: OK, even I admit that there's nothing like the back and forth of lying out, beer in hand, while floating motionless in the ocean. But if you don't want to let your bikini bootcamp efforts go to waste, alternate your lounge time with some calorie-burning water activities: take a surf or stand-up paddleboard lesson, rent a kayak, or get your swim on while snorkeling.
- Make the sand work for you: Walking barefoot in the sand is already a glimpse into how this surface makes your legs work just a little bit harder. In fact, walking in the sand burns 30 percent more calories than walking on a flat, even surface. Really make the sand work for you by doing one of these total-body beach workouts — one even incorporates the ocean!
As Summer heats up, a midweek break from work is a recipe for ocean-bound fun. If your Fourth of July holiday involves a little beach time, make sure you stay healthy by bringing these beach-going essentials.
Sunblock: You know you should slather it on before you hit the beach so you don't spend your post-beach days suffering from sunburn. But do you know which sunscreens contain harmful chemicals, and how often you should reapply "waterproof" formulas? Before you soak up the sun, check our guide on choosing the safest and most effective sunscreen here. And don't forget a hat and sunglasses to block even more harmful UV rays!
Healthy snacks: A day at the beach can be fun but draining. All that running in the sand, catching waves in the water, or even just laying out in the sun can zap your energy. Make sure you stay fueled with healthy snacks that cool you off and fill you up, like cucumbers with dip or homemade trail mix, to keep you feeling energized and comfortable. Check out these recipes for healthy and creative beach snacks here.
Water: Remember to drink lots of water while you're out in the sun to prevent overheating. Forgo the plastic one-use bottles for a metal version that will keep your water cool in the sun. Try Klean Kanteen's Wide Insulated water bottle ($26 for the 16-ounce size) or Swell water bottle ($35 for the 17-ounce size) — both are BPA-free, keep liquids cold for up to 24 hours, and have openings wide enough to accommodate ice cubes.
Whether you live in a coastal seaside community or simply enjoy trips to your local aquarium, fish represent the diversity and beauty of all types of bodies of water and, certainly, Summer. We're celebrating the season with a roundup of the most inspiring fish decor on the market. So, whether you're looking for dramatic textiles or a token piece of beautiful barware, we have just the pieces you'll need to introduce an aquatic touch to your home.