When we think of surfing, we think of the word “dude” and endless relaxed days in the sun without a care in the world. For some, this might render true. For others who have adopted the sport, however, it has become something more. The beautiful peaking waves during a pink and orange sunset offer more than just a soul-searching exercise, it provides strength training for the heart as well.
Stress can put a lot of extra pressure on the heart, and surfing helps to reduce the stress – a great benefit to surfers’ physical and mental health! Those who surf continue to surf well into their 60s, 70s and 80s, keeping both their hearts and minds young.
According to Fit Day, a fitness website, surfing is beneficial because it keeps your heart rate up, keeps your breathing heavy, and forces the delivery of oxygen to your body.
Surfing can benefit the following:
• Cardiovascular and heart health
• Muscle Tone
• Increased Energy
Whether you’re a beginner or pro, the benefits of surfing seem to surpass a relaxing day at the beach and a great tan. It turns out, it’s also good for the heart and soul.