Ways That Surfing Can Help Your Body and Mind
Anyone that’s reading this that already loves to take part in a nice surfing session whenever they are able will likely already know that it’s not just an absolute blast but it’s also beneficial for your health too. Maybe you’re looking to take up a new sport or just something to keep you fit but would like something with better scenery than your local gym whilst being more fun than a simple run. If this is the case, then it’s well worth considering surfing as your new fitness hobby. There are plenty of benefits so let’s dive in and find out just what it has on offer.
Heart disease is a very real problem all over the world, in fact it is actually the lead cause of death in the United States of America. It’s so important for us to keep up physical activity as this, teamed with a healthy diet can be all you need to do to fight off this killer. Surfing is an excellent way to keep up your fitness because there’s so much paddling involved as well as the occasional spot of swimming too. You’ll feel that blood pumping and you can rest easy knowing that you’re fighting fit.
The modern world comes with a great many benefits, computers, the internet, technology but it’s also because of this that many of us will find ourselves pent up in an office and hunched over our computers for several hours a day. This can play hell with our spine and certainly isn’t good for our backs. Surfing is a great way to combat this, it helps us to strengthen our back muscles and allows us to be more flexible. Performing the prone position, paddling, jumping on and off your board are all things that will help you build up that back of yours, making it nice and strong.
Depression is a mental illness that we seem to be seeing more and more of in recent times. Mental health is no joke. More and more research and realisations are made for the illness and with that more and more effective treatments are discovered, some perhaps being simpler than others. Surfing is being used as one of those treatments and results so far are positive. It’s thanks to it’s links to mindfulness and the physical exercise involved that positive effects are produced. Studies have shown that it may also be a possible treatment for PTSD, anxiety and even autism too.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that you’ll likely sleep better after a bout of exercise but if you are having trouble sleeping then surfing is perhaps one of the best exercises you can do to help you reach slumber town. Not only will you be worn out from the workout, but the mindfulness links mentioned above will also help your mind to be at peace to. If that wasn’t enough, surfing is also an adrenaline inducing sport which means once the effects have worn off, you’ll really feel drowsy, just try not to do it right before bed.