The Health Benefits Of Surfing

Riding the waves is not just about having fun and enjoying the sun. There are many benefits surfing can offer to both your body and mind.

Surfing greatly aids in cardiovascular fitness, improving our backs, legs, and shoulders as one both stands on the surfboard and paddles back and forth from shore to wave. It is also an intense upper body and core workout that is great for the heart.

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Aside from having our muscles and our balance improved by surfing, the sport also increases our flexibility. To begin with, you need to be a strong and flexible swimmer to become a better surfer and avoid any injuries.

As a fun activity, it combats stress and promotes better sleep after a full day of water-based exercising. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress at work or at home, surfing provides an avenue for release and for shunning away worries while you conquer those waves.

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Surfing is also a way to give ourselves a healthy dose of vitamin D. Being under the sun provides us with this vitamin that’s essential for having strong bones. Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, as well as helps in the growth of skin cells.

Surfing is not the easiest of sports to master; you’d need time, focus, commitment, and perseverance to progress. But once you’ve become good, surfing becomes a testament to your inner drive to achieve your goals.

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Why surfers shouldn’t take stretching for granted

Stretching plays a vital role in any sport. Athletes know all too well that not being flexible enough perform techniques can cause various injuries. For high-performance surfing, physical flexibility is very important—almost a requirement—to last a long time enjoying the tides.

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While other sports have you in contact with other athletes, surfing is as unpredictable as the water it treads on, having you splash against the tide and thrown in the current. Warming up loosens the tension in the muscles and helps you get ready to hit the waves. How you warm up, train, and cool down are integral phases to stay in good shape for surfing.

Accidents are inevitable, but stretching and surfing with good level flexibility lessens your chances of having muscle-related injuries. Good posture is a must, too. How your feet land on the board is another issue that requires much attention, as strains, sprains, and joint dislocation is mostly caused by bad board contact.

Increasing the ability of your spine to flex, extend, and rotate more efficiently, takes a lot of stress from your hips and knees, as your weight is distributed well to other muscles of the body. People often think that cooling down isn’t as important as warming up; this is absolutely wrong. Stretching after surfing relieves tension in the muscles. It would be best to maintain a conscious effort to soften the upper body, relax the shoulders and the arms, and think as if you’re just walking on the street; keep everything soft and free.

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How to make the perfect smoothie

Smoothies are not only vitamin-packed, but they’re also very delicious. It’s a great way to start the day, and they’re really easy to make.

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Here’s how you can make the perfect smoothie:

Find the right ratio

Smoothies are fairly straightforward to make. The key is to get the right proportions for the base and then choosing your favorite ingredients to add to it. Here’s the recipe for the base of a smoothie:

  • ½ to 1 whole banana
  • 1 to 2 cups greens (you can substitute fruit)
  • ½ to 1 cup water or liquid
  • ½ ice

After you’ve finished making the base, you can add other ingredients for flavor, texture, and nutritive benefits such as:

  • Frozen or fresh fruit: ¼ to ½ cup of your favorite varieties
  • Protein or healthy fat: 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 tablespoon of nut or seed butter, or ¼ avocado
  • Crunch or texture: chia seeds or nuts
  • Herbs and spices: 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, or whatever else you like to spice things up with
  • Sweetener: Honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar

Just remember that more ingredients don’t necessarily mean a better smoothie. Choose flavors that will work together, you can experiment with them if you don’t have a preference.

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Warming yourself up for the waves

Who doesn’t love surfing? There isn’t a person alive who’s tried it and didn’t like it. I mean, come on, what can compare to the thrill of riding those powerful ocean waves like a boss? But of course, we all know that it takes a bit of strength and stability to stay on the board the entire time. It’s a physically demanding hobby, and just like any sport, it requires that you stretch and warm up first.

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After doing a few minutes of jogging in place, it’s time to stretch all the muscles that need stretching – meaning all the muscles. Start with your shoulders since they’re probably the most used muscle group in surfing (shoulders and core that is). Let your chest get into the stretch, followed by the arms, the back, the core, and finally the legs. Don’t skimp on the joints.

Cramping is a huge obstacle for surfers, which means you need to get your blood flowing. A set of squats should prep your legs. Ballistic (explosive) stretching of the arms at the shoulder joints (mimic the butterfly stroke) should get everything nice and flexible. Rotate your hips by imagining you’re doing the hula without the hoop. This should get your midsection ready.

The rest of the warm-up exercises will come as you paddle your board to your starting point.

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