The Benefits of Surfing!

Published: 04th January 2018

Surfing has fast become popular amongst all ages and we can see why, the benefits are enormous.

 What are the benefits of surfing?

Surfing looks effortless from afar, however, surfing is challenging but highly rewarding. It takes both time and effort to master. However, the sheer fun and overall benefits outweigh the initial struggle of learning the sport.

With evidence showing that surfing has both physical and mental benefits, it is a great sport for those who want to get fit while soaking up some rays this summer!

 How is surfing good for your health?

Surfing is one of the very best cardiovascular exercises. With regular surfing, the amount of blood pumped in and out of your heart improves significantly. This, in turn, delivers more oxygen to your muscles and helps you get into better shape. More importantly, it is non-invasive with minimum impact on your joints.

Aside from the physical health benefits, surfing has also proved beneficial to individual's mental health. A study conducted by the University of Iowa showed that students felt an improved mood and calmness after a mere 30 minutes of surfing; with further research concluding that surfers describe the sport as a ''hybrid of meditative and athletic experience''. Hence, it would be the ideal sport to pick up for those prone to anxiety and depression. As such, surfing can be a great mental and physical release from the pressures of daily life.

 How is surfing a good exercise?

Not only does surfing improve your overall cardiovascular fitness, but it also helps to train and tone your body.

A lot of time is spent paddling; this helps to create toned muscles in your shoulders and upper back. Getting to a standing position, maintaining the standing position and balancing on your board all require a stable core and strong legs. Hence, despite surfing being a total body workout, it is evident that majority of these movements are targeted towards your core and leg muscles.

Having a strong core can maintain back health which is important considering many of our daily tasks include sitting and 'slouching', often resulting in back and neck pain. Having a strong core early in life can help maintain mobility and flexibility, as we grow older.  

 What are the dangers of surfing?

With proper knowledge and ample experience, surfing is a relatively safe sport. In fact, studies have shown that it has a lower injury rate compared to snowboarding and other contact sports such as footy.

So, what exactly should one look out for when riding the waves? While your mind may immediately jump to an image of sharks, 55% of all surf injuries are actually inflicted by the surfer's own surfboard. As such, many surfers start out by riding soft-top surfboards as a preventative measure. Beginner surfers should make it a point to only practice at the beach breaks, limiting themselves to small and medium-sized waves.

Collisions with other surfers account for a huge proportion of surfing-related accidents. Hence, it is important to familiarise yourself with the appropriate surfing etiquette, and to always be alert and aware of your surroundings to minimise collision with other surfers.

Overall, surfing is a fun sport that you will love. It’s the perfect school holiday activity for everyone to enjoy. Check out our surfing lessons, camps and parties for the kids this summer.

Enjoy!

 

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