There is much more to surfing than meets the eye. It’s not just a sport that aims to make you look good and cool, it’s also a sport that goes beyond supporting fitness, health and over-all mental well-being.
Being active and staying active are not easy feats to accomplish, especially if you’re aiming to have a fit and healthy lifestyle regimen. This is why outdoor sports are your ideal solution to achieving that gorgeous looking and feeling healthy body. If this is you, then surfing is definitely what you’ll need!
Surfing is more than just a total body work out, and it can provide you with a long line of benefits that extend to your overall health and fitness. Not only can you practice in one of earth’s most beautiful settings, it’s an inexpensive sport to get into and stay into!
All you need is a good surfboard that can complement your body build and the right surfing environment—oh and swimwear of course!
To highlight some of the benefits of surfing, here are reasons that’ll totally encourage you as to why surfing is what you need in your life and for your health:
It’s a full-body workout
It’s a sport where you can get to use every part of your body. It’s the perfect blend of cardio exercise and strength development training and muscle formation.
It takes swimming to a higher form of sport where you can develop every aspect of your body while testing your body’s agility, balance, strength and stamina all at the same time. Plus, it’s a no-sweat sport, literally.
Surfing tests your patience
Any sport takes time, effort, endurance, discipline and determination in order to master it. Compared to other sports like jogging, hiking and running, learning how to surf and becoming good at it takes time. But once your body gets the hang of it, the reward is much more exhilarating and fulfilling.
Surfing can be a great travel excuse
On most days, going to Costa Rica or Panama for a quick trip may seem like a luxury rather than a need, but with surfing, you have the excuse to travel as practice for your new sport. Surfing is a great opportunity to find new places, meet people and test new waters.
If you haven’t tried surfing before, then traveling to a beach is a great time to start trying it out. Make sure to look for a good surfboard brand that is suitable for the particular types of waters where you will be surfing. If you don’t have a board already, local surf shops rent them for a very reasonable fee.
Bring yourself closer to nature
From the view, to the feeling of the water on your skin, to finally being able to stand upright on your surfboard; one of the best benefits you can get from surfing is your change in perspective.
It goes well with both your personal life and your mental health. Water has a calming power that can help soothe a person in order to give them a better perspective on life.
Not only does it have a personal effect on you, surfing is by definition a sport that connects us with nature itself. On the whole, surfers have a deeper respect and value for the ocean because they experience and see the effects of pollution firsthand.
When surfers go back to the “real world” (or the other world as some of us would call it), this perspective is retained our their minds, causing us to become ever more conscious about preserving nature and the ocean.
Cross off surfing from your bucket list
Whether you have your written list of things to do before you die or not, surfing could probably be one of the activities you should have on your list.
Learn to surf and go to exciting places at the same time—that’s two birds with one stone. So make sure to try surfing before you regret not doing so while you’re young, fit and able to do so. (More on that last part in a later article.)
Have fun, be healthy and enjoy exciting places while you travel and surf. These are just a few reasons why surfing is certainly one of the best sports out there.
You won’t actually feel like you’re working out and you won’t feel that pressure of having a gorgeous body—you’ll have all of these and more (without even noticing it) while surfing!