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Benefits of surfing

There are many health benefits, both physically and mentally, that can be gained with surfing. It has great benefits for your body and fitness level but it also helps you maintain a healthy mentally state and a positive attitude towards life. Additionally you are enjoying the outdoors, the beach, meeting new people or having fun with your friends. It’s an exciting, fun and challenging sport that will add value to your life.

These are 5 health benefits of surfing:

1 CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

Regular exercise has been proven to reduce the risk from suffering or dying from heart-related problems. Surfing is an activity that requires you to be physically active, which will increase your heart rate as it tries to supply enough oxygen into your blood to to let your muscles better work in your body. A healthy cardiovascular system allows for easy breathing and gives you the ability to undertake any type of strenuous activities.

2 STRESS RELIEF

There is no better way to relax body and soul than to go for a surf. Surfing gives you the opportunity to push your limits or just relax and have fun in the ocean. The energy you put in and get out of your session is entirely up to you. Surf your brains out and/or sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

3 IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY

During your surf session you will twist and turn your body in lots of different position as you get tossed around by the power of the waves. This stretching keeps your body flexible and improves your body’s mobility. 

surfer girls looking fit benefits of surfing

Surf lessons Costa Rica   Photo by Bodhi Surf

4 MUSCLE TONE

Surfing requires the constant use of your arms as you paddle around. This is also great workout for your chest, back and shoulder muscles. Also surfing helps to built good core muscles and leg strength. When you start to surf regularly you will see your body change.

5 SELF GRATIFICATION

Surfing is not the easiest sport to learn. It takes time, commitment and perseverance in order to progress. But once you commit and overcome this barrier, the rewards are huge. You will enjoy all the physical and mental benefits that surfing has to offer and have proven to yourself that you can achieve goals that at some point seem unattainable. 

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