Riding the waves in different forms has been a passion with humans through the ages as something exciting that pushes up the adrenalin’s! Having originated in Hawaii along its scintillating beaches with the blue waves crashing, today it is pursued with fervor across the globe.
The popularity of this water-sport is ever increasing and not without reasons. The tremendous physical and mental health benefits that surfing offers has further made it more popular. Exuberant surfers will tell you how like any other water-based exercise, it exercises the upper and lower body strengthening the core. Along the physical benefits, surfing also gives tremendous boost at the mental level to those that pursue it.
On the physical plane
Whether you have just joined a surfing training camp on vacation or are someone that is an avid surfer, the intense movements are great cardiovascular exercises. It improves the overall blood circulation in the body, improving the quality of your heart and helps to flush out of toxins.
When you join a well-designed surfing program, you are sure to give all your muscles a good workout, both the common ones and those that do not get much exercise. In fact, when surfing you concentrate on maneuvering the waves and are likely to spend longer hours exercising your body. Spending long hours at the gym may not be as easy, but while surfing you actually get to enjoy yourself on the waters as the muscles workout!
For those of you that get the opportunity to join cross-training sessions that help incorporate better body balance along with the hardcore surfing classes stand to gain more. This way you give your body asymmetrical workout that is difficult to attain on a daily basis.
Strengthening your back and improving your posture are some other great benefits of surfing the waves. The added benefits are that you get to relax and have fun on the waters during your vacation. There is no need to make that extra effort of going to the gym and sweating it out to attain it all!
The twists and turns that your body undergoes while surfing makes it supple and gives you flexibility that take months to attain when working out regularly. The body is stretched to the maximum possible at all angles increasing its mobility and flexibility.
On the mental plane
Learning how to surf requires perseverance, endurance and commitment. When you dedicate all of these, you are actually dedicating yourself mentally to this sport. In the process your overall mental health receives a great boost along with the physical plane.
When you are physically exercised with all the bodily toxin flushed out and mentally strengthened, you will be naturally be relieved of all stress. Surfing is a great stress-buster that allows you to be yourself, enjoy every moment and emerge physically strengthened and mentally rejuvenated!!!