Seven health benefits of surfing
Surfing is arguably one of, if not, the most popular activity among guests on our residential trips for schools. Many of our guests continue to surf after they leave the centre as they get hooked for life, from the very first moment their feet hit the Atlantic Ocean at Widemouth Bay.
North Cornwall has some of the best waves in Europe, where winter swells bring in rideable waves that can reach the height of buildings, but don’t worry as most of the time the waves are a perfect playground for beginner surfers. With slow peeling waves providing the ideal training ground as you get to grips with surfing for the first time.
Not only will you get the ‘stoke’ from riding waves yourself, but you’ll also love seeing your friends paddle into their own waves as you hoot them into set waves, aside from the unlimited fun that surfing brings, it’s also hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health, below you’ll find seven awesome benefits that surfing brings and remember; surfing’s not just for the school residential week… it’s for life!
Cardiovascular and heart health will improve
Surfing is one of the best cardiovascular exercises you can do, using mostly upper body muscles to motor you around the line-up, and leg muscles to steer the board once you’re up to your feet. Much like swimming, surfing provides an intense upper body and core workout that will improve all facets of day-to-day life.
You’ll get more Vitamin D
Being out in the ocean surfing means you’ll be exposed to the sun and the Vitamin D from it, which is essential for strong bones. This is because it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, as well as regulating the growth of skin cells.
Just remember to always wear a minimum of SPF 20 when exposed to the sun’s rays.
You will sleep better
There have been many studies that have shown that regular exercise which includes surfing, increases the positive aspects that a good night of shut-eye brings. Sleep is hugely important because it allows your muscles to repair themselves, and of course, will have you raring to go for the dawny session!
It will strengthen your muscles
Paddling strengthens your back and shoulder muscles, as well as your leg muscles. The balance you use to ride waves strengthens your core muscles, heck, surfing will strengthen pretty much every muscle in your body and will have you looking in tip-top shape all year around, just look around next time you’re in the line-up, the vast majority of surfers will be in excellent condition, with their only form of workout being in the salt!
You’ll be less stressed
Physical exercise, especially something as fun as surfing, helps to offset the negative effects of stress and let’s be honest, the only time you see a surfer stressed is when someone drops in on them!
Your balance will improve
One of the biggest benefits often associated with surfing is the improvement in your balance. Balance is the most significant human skill that will keep you on your surfboard; you must have a strong ability to maintain your balance to get those awesome rides along the green face of the wave. As your surfing level improves, this will carry over into everyday life.
You’ll be more flexible
Surfing will also increase your flexibility, which not only helps you become a better surfer, but can also aid in the prevention of injuries in the water and on land. Many of the world’s top professional surfers, as well as other sport stars, have incorporated yoga into their lifestyles to increase their flexibility, further aiding their ability in their sport.