When you think of surfing, you probably think you need a lot of balance which comes from strong legs and a powerful core. This is true. Twisting and pumping up and down the waves requires incredible leg strength. What “non-surfers” don’t seem to realise, though, is that surfers spend most of their time pulling themselves through the water and underneath the waves, with nothing but the power of their arms and shoulders. This requires incredible upper-body strength and provides an insanely intensive workout.
Primary Benefits of Surfing
Surfers benefit from powerful core muscles, developed from constantly balancing their body on the board, whilst paddling through the water.
Great Muscle Tone
Surfing is high intensity, especially in big waves. This generates good muscle tone (and a great tan in the summer months!) Have you ever noticed that most surf fashion is designed to show off a toned midriff and well defined arms?
A Strong Back
As you face down on the board, you naturally work your back muscles as you “swan-arch” your back, so that you can watch where you are going.
Powerful Shoulders and Chest
As you paddle through the waves and push yourself up on to your feet, you will constantly be using your shoulders and chest muscles. You also use your chest muscles to push the board under or above the waves.
Secondary Benefits of Surfing
Peace of Mind
Surfers tend to be more relaxed than most people. Being out in the ocean does something for your soul that no other sport can do. Surfing relies on Mother Nature; it’s a natural way of life.
Life Satisfaction & A Sense of Belonging
Most surfers agree that they revolve their lives around their surfing. Holidays tend to be highly active – no sitting by the pool getting fat all day! Early morning surfs (when the waves are best) give surfers an active start to the day and most surfers would prefer to have an early night to a night in a pub, because they don’t want to miss out on the morning swells.
All-in-all, surfers tend to be very fit and healthy, but more than that; they are happy and content.