How 22 Stars Stay Fit at the Beach

Soaking up the sunshine on a lounge chair and working on your tan — all while sipping frozen cocktails — may seem like a great itinerary for your upcoming summer beach trips. But if you want to stay in shape, do as the stars do and incorporate physical activities into your ocean-side outings. Fortunately, you don't need to do squats and lunges under your beach umbrella to squeeze in some exercise. There are plenty of fun water and sand sports that have the added benefit of providing a great workout!

Water babies can work out their arms, legs, and abs by swimming, surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, and tubing, while those who prefer to stay on land can get moving by playing beach volleyball, paddle ball, and soccer. Find out how your favorite celebs stay fit when they hit the beach!


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  • Rihanna


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    When it comes to music, fashion, and water sports, self-described "bad girl" Rihanna likes flirting with danger. Whenever she visits her native Barbados, RiRi makes sure to hop atop a jet ski or embark on a boat tubing adventure. Not only does it provide an adrenaline rush, but tubing also helps to enhance coordination and balance, as those propped atop the inflatable device try to keep it from toppling over. The activity also involves plenty of swimming and climbing after wipe-outs in the ocean.

  • Harry Styles


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    One Direction's Harry Styles took a cue from Top Gun's Maverick and Iceman, playing a shirtless game of beach volleyball while on tour in Australia.

  • Kelly Rowland


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    Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland performed "Everywhere You Go" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and recorded "The Game" for the 2014 competition, so it's no surprise that that singer has a soft spot for soccer. Whole on vacay in Miami, Rowland participated in an impromptu soccer match — all the while looking glamorous in a sheer green caftan while kicking the ball on the sand.

  • Liam Hemsworth


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    Dylan McKay was a wave-chasing wannabe compared to Aussie actor and surfing enthusiast Liam Hemsworth. "I surfed competitively until I was 18," the Hunger Games star told Men's Fitness. "Surfing’s my favorite thing to do in the world. If I could travel around the world and surf for a living, I would." Whether he's in Malibu, California, or Byron Bay, Australia, if Hemsworth is at a beach, chances are he's riding those swells.

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  • Kendall Jenner


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    For the past few years, Kendall Jenner has been perfecting her paddleboarding skills — most recently, during an August 2015 Kardashian family vacation to St. Barts. Before then, she'd been spotted paddleboarding with her friend Hailey Baldwin in the Hamptons, with her brother Brody in Malibu, and with her big sis Khloe. The practice seems to be paying off!

  • Eva Longoria


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    Playing paddle ball on the beach isn't just a fun pastime -- it's also a great workout. Combining elements of tennis and volleyball, this activity involves plenty of running, jumping, and racket swinging — and, unlike a treadmill session, it won't get repetitive. In November 2015, Eva Longoria served up a major smile while playing paddle ball on a Miami beach.

  • Matt Bomer


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    During a recent Maui vacation, Matt Bomer did some scuba diving — and, in the process, left everyone wanting a scuba-themed, Magic Mike–ready strip routine.

  • Justin Bieber


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    Whether traveling by land or sea, Justin Bieber likes going fast. The pop star has often been spotted riding his custom Ducati motorcycle through the streets of Los Angeles and, when on vacation, he's been known to ride jet skis. In June 2015, Bieber reignited rumors of a romance with actress Hailey Baldwin after the pair was spotted on a jet ski ride in Miami.

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  • Geri Halliwell


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    She may have been known as Ginger Spice, but Geri Halliwell is quite the sporty one! The singer has perfected the art of water-skiing during trips to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Sardinia, Bermuda, and St. Tropez.

  • Alessandra Ambrosio


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    Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio loves to frolic on the beach, but she always manages to find time for some physical activities, whether it's kayaking or working on her jump serves in beach volleyball.

  • Michael B. Jordan


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    Creed star Michael B. Jordan looks like an Adonis driving a jet ski. It may seem less intense than a sparring session at a boxing gym, but experts say you can burn nearly 400 calories per hour of jet skiing. The water sport strengthens the hamstrings, calves, biceps, triceps. The act of maintaining one's balance and remaining upright, meanwhile, requires keeping abdominal muscles tight and engaged.

  • Jessica Alba


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    Typically, Jessica Alba alternates between hot yoga, Krav Maga, and spinning classes. When she's vacation in a tropical locale, however, the Honest Beauty founder and mother of two squeezes in a workout by paddleboarding. She clearly works hard for the money — and for that bikini body!

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  • Liev Schreiber


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    Since moving from his native New York to Los Angeles to star on the Showtime series Ray Donovan, surfer Liev Schreiber has enjoyed having the Pacific Ocean as a playground. Still, Liev Schreiber is endearingly self-deprecating when describing his skills. "I'm actually a very bad surfer, which is good because everybody likes a bad surfer," Schreiber told The Sydney Morning Herald. "Nobody likes a good surfer.''

  • Olivia Wilde


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    Vinyl star and Revlon spokesperson Olivia Wilde works out her core muscles by practicing stand-up paddleboarding, which is estimated to burn up to 500 calories per hour. "I started stand-up paddleboarding at 29 and consider it my baby step toward becoming a badass 30-something semipro surf goddess," Olivia Wilde told Glamour.

  • Rob Lowe


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    There's a reason why, at 52, Rob Lowe has maintained his heartthrob status. The actor maintains a rigorous fitness routine, jogging, surfing, and swimming in the ocean on a near-daily basis. Not only are they great forms of exercise, but Rob Lowe finds surfing and swimming cathartic. "Being in the water or on the water — I don’t know if it’s the Pisces in me — but inevitably when I come out of the water, I feel rejuvenated."

  • Channing Tatum


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    Not only does it allow you to admire the coral reefs, coves, and fish, snorkeling also has fitness benefits, improving endurance, toning leg and arm muscles, and burning an estimated 300 calories per hour. Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is clearly a snorkeling fan — he even reportedly brought back a conch shell for his wife, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, during one of his adventures.

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  • Adrian Grenier


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    Bodysurfing — which involves riding waves without the assistance of a board or floating device — requires plenty of swimming, so it's quite a workout, but it's also exhilarating. Entourage's Adrian Grenier loves figuring out the perfect speed and angle at which to catch a shore-break wave.

  • Heidi Klum


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    Paddling on a kayak may seem relaxing, but it's actually a very effective upper body-centric cardio workout that keeps the arms, shoulders, chest, and back in constant motion and requires abdominal strength for stability. Even when on holiday, Heidi Klum adds activities like kayaking to her daily routine to stay in shape.

  • Doutzen Kroes


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    Just eight months after giving birth to her second child, Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes was spotted looking slim and trim on a Miami beach. She credits her post-baby body to her Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers workouts, but those games of paddle ball at the beach are certainly helping too!

  • Andrew Garfield


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    The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield really is a friendly neighborhood hero. The seasoned surfer — who can often be spotted hanging ten in Malibu — joined forces with professional wave rider Joel Parkinson in March 2014 to teach autistic kids how to surf at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

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  • Diego Boneta


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    Even while wading in the ocean, Scream Queens star Diego Boneta aims for a touchdown. Sure, there are no yard markers, referees, or Jumbotrons at the beach, but why should that prevent anyone from starting a pickup football game?

  • David Beckham


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    Former soccer star David Beckham clearly wants his three sons — Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13, and Cruz, 10 — to embrace an active lifestyle and maybe even take up surfing, a sport he loves. Over the last five years, Beckham has been teaching his boys how to boogie board — a great workout that's considered a great introduction to surfing. And, of course, Beckham makes sure to lead by example, doing some boogie boarding of his own each time.

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