7 Incredible Health Benefits of Surfing
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We can all agree that surfing is a very enjoyable activity! But does it have any health benefits?
Does surfing really have a positive impact on our health, and if it does, in what way? Does surfing help our bodies, as well as our minds? Well, if you are interested in finding out the answers to those questions and more, let’s take a closer look at 7 of the many health benefits of surfing.
7. Surfing Can Help with Autism, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety
Did you know that surfing is used as a treatment for PTSD, autism, depression and anxiety? It is quite unconventional, but it is working. Not to mention that the sheer physical exercise that you do while surfing helps with lifting your spirits and your general mood. Now, we’re not saying that surfing can cure any of abovementioned conditions, but it does help, so give it a try!
6. Improved Core Strength
Did you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States? But what does that have to do with your core, you may ask? Well, it has been proven that excess weight, especially that around the abdomen, is the biggest risk factor for the dreaded type 2 diabetes. Balancing on a surfboard, such as stand-up paddling, takes a lot of practice, but it helps strengthen your core. Pair this with the cardio you do when you paddle, and you’re basically helping your body fight against diabetes!
5. Surfing is a Great Stress Reliever
Ah, stress - the malady of the century! So many of us, work, work, work and forget to unplug and just relax and do things that actually bring us pleasure. We believe that surfing is one of the world’s most pleasurable past-times, and it’s also a great stress reliever. If you don’t believe us, hit the waves, after a hard day at work and let us know how you feel afterwards!
4. Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Did you know that you get vitamin D from the sun?! Actually, you can find it in a few other foods, but we mostly get it from our sun. Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, it promotes bone growth and cell renewal. Whenever you get on your board, you also get this invaluable vitamin from the sun, but remember to always use sunscreen! You need the sun to give you the good, without the bad!
3. Improved Back Strength
These days, so many of us find ourselves hunched in front of a computer without really realizing that our backs are in danger! Our spine needs strong muscles to be healthy and flexible and these muscles can be made stronger with the help of surfing. Paddling, the prone position, jumping up on the board, all these moves and more, help make your back muscles strong!
2. Better Sleep
I bet you’ve heard this before, if you’ve ever had trouble sleeping: work out, tire yourself out and you’ll sleep like a baby! Well, that advice works for many people, but if you throw surfing in the mix, we’re sure it will work for even more people. So, if you’re having trouble falling or staying asleep, do a quick surf session in the afternoon. Try not to do it in the evening, as the adrenaline will have an opposite effect on you!
1. Cardiovascular Health
Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States? People from all over the world need to take better care of their hearts and the first step is to do more cardiovascular exercises. Along with healthy eating, and quitting smoking, cardio is the best way to keep your heart in shape! Surfing is a great example of cardio, especially because it involves lots of paddling! Do your heart a favor and take up surfing!
How about you take advantage of all these benefits of surfing and book yourself a spot on a surf camp? Check out of extensive surf camp and holidays offer!