01 Jun Surfing: Physical & Mental Health
In the words of conservationist and explorer Jacque Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Surfing is a total body workout and for some a place to meditate and self-reflect. People all over the world have been turning to surfing for decades to take advantage of the physical and mental benefits.
Surfing is considered an aerobic and anaerobic sport, meaning you are doing a form of cardio and weight training at the same time. This leads to fat loss and muscle definition all during the same session. Most of the paddling work focuses on the upper body. Working out arms, back, and shoulders. When guiding the board after standing up you focus on your legs and core.
Although we aren’t completely sold on this stat (seems LOW) according to the Fit Watch calculator the number of calories burned per hour for a 140-pound person is around 200.
Surfing has started to be introduced as a form of therapy around the world. A popular story that circulated focused on helping ex-soldiers in the UK and US with PTSD. Many believe the reason for it being so successful in a therapy type environment has to do with how it forces you to be in the moment and allows you to become unfocused on stressors that may be negatively impacting your mental health.
We believe there is a “fountain of youth” type phenomenon because of the amazing mental and physical benefits of surfing which is why we see so many people in the water in their 60s, 70s and beyond.