Surfing is a fun sport that can turn into a lifelong hobby. It’s great for people of any age or skill level, and a fun way to experience the ocean. It’s also a great way to get exercise, with a lot of hidden benefits for your body and health. The American Heart Association recommends that we get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Surfing is a great way to get that exercise in without even knowing you’re doing it. Here are some of the health benefits of surfing:
- Cardiovascular exercise
As you paddle out in the waves, stand up or hop back on your board, you’re getting a lot of cardiovascular exercise. You’ll be breathing heavy, which helps improve heart health and circulation.
- Improve shoulder and back muscles
As you’ll find out the morning after your first surf lesson, you use a lot of arm and back muscles — you’ll know because those muscles will be very sore the morning after your first lesson! Building better should and back muscles helps improve posture and lessen back pain.
- Leg and core strength
Standing and balancing on the board takes core and leg strength, which you will build with time as you surf. Improving these muscles will help prevent injuries, and improve stability and posture.
There are many more benefits to surfing, one of which is picking up a hobby that just might last you a lifetime! Join us for a surf lesson today!