Health Benefits of Surfing
If you need another reason to go outside and surf, it will improve the quality and the quantity of your life.
You don’t have to be a scientist to know that the exercise of swimming is good for your heart, but Berkley did conclude that it helps to increase blood flow through cardiovascular muscles. As the majority of surfing is spent paddling, surfing is a great form of aerobic exercise while working your upper body and core.
Time spent out in the sun absorbs Vitamin D building strong bones, as it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. Vitamin D also helps regulate the growth of skin cells.
The amount of calories you burn is based on a myriad of factors differing in each location wave break. While sometimes you have to paddle out further or closer, a riptide helps you or not, the degree of difficulty may change to get outside the break, numerous studies have found that on average, surfing burns between 200-280 calories per hour.
One of the most underrated skills that come from surfing is increasing your balance and finding your center of gravity. To stay on your board, you have to maintain good balance which helps you keep yourself up in other situations.
A litany of studies show that increased exercise leads to deeper sleep as your body takes full advantage of your muscles taking the time to recover. As a result, it leads to less sleepless nights of tossing in turning. Who doesn’t want a better more full nights rest?
Since a large part of surfing involves paddling, which is low-resistance, you get a good core and upper body workout. Once you find a wave to catch, you are using your core for balance, and your legs remain active.