Surfing has always carried a somewhat idolatry element- the surfer duded, all toned, tanned and relaxed. Celebrieties have given into this idea of keeping fit and being at one with the sea, so why not take a board this summer and paddle your way to toned abs and arms.
5 top surfing spots in the world
The origins of surfing are traceable in Polynesia, and Captain James Cook first reported of this activity in 1769. Samoans and Tongans also practiced this sport, although the Ancient Hawaiians are considered to be the real fathers of surfing. In modern times, Australians and Hawaiians are considered surfing “nations”.
The benefits of surfing are varied. The balance needed to stand on the board, the strength to lift one’s self on it and the paddling to and from the waves gives the body a full workout.
Surfing targets the core and back muscles in an almost painless way, as well as your shoulders and legs. If you’re surfing as a way to keep fit, integrate with yoga and pilates, and some cross training to work al muscle groups, stretch and avoid injury.
Surfing also acts as a great cardiovascular exercise, and endurance training. Unlike many other cardio based activities, like running or swimming, surfing is generally more fun, and we all know time flies when you’re having fun! On average the calories burned when surfing are about 250 per hour, depending on your weight and level of fitness.
The close proximity to the ocean and the constant mental and physical challenge of surfing does also contribute to mental health. Surfers thrive on riding the energy of the ocean. Surf stoke reduces stress, and often gives surfers a more laid-back attitude about life which is actually beneficial to their psyche. The high stress of today’s world is detrimental to our mental health. Think about it: surfers are always playing with the ocean! It helps you stay young.
Celebrities of the likes of Cameron Diaz, Minnie Driver and funny man Adam Sandler have all embraced surfing and we can see the benefits. Why don’t you have a go too?
Here are the 5 top surfing spots in the world.
Written by: Valentina Zannoni
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