Surfing first began in beautiful Hawaii over 200 years ago. Today, you can find people of all ages, surfing all over the world or wherever there are waves.

Surfing not only has physical benefits, but it also brings the benefits of being out in fresh air.

People who surf will tell you that, they surf for the pure rush of adrenaline in anticipation of catching the next wave and feeling at peace, while watching the sunset.

Surfing is not just about soaking in the sun and riding waves, it is also a very good form of exercise. Riding those waves provides aerobic and anaerobic exercise, all at the same time.

Surfers have to do a variety of cardiovascular exercise like running to the water, paddling, and swimming. Regular surfing can improve the amount of blood being pumped in and out of the heart and how the body uses its oxygen.

Surfing provides excellent cardiovascular exercise. Catching waves requires paddling out to catch that perfect wave. Paddling means the use of upper body and lower body muscles. The upper body involves the use of arms, shoulders, chest, back, and core- these muscles propel you and the board forward and keep the board balanced. Lower body muscles come into play once you are standing and riding the wave- the legs guide the board in the direction you want to go, while the core (abs) keep you from falling over.

Surfers thrive on riding the ocean’s waves of energy. It is clear that people who surf regularly can surf well into their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and possibly beyond. Next time you find yourself at the beach and watching the surfers, take a moment to notice that older surfers do not tend to look their actual age.

 

Surfing’s health benefits do not stop at just gaining and maintaining physical health, it also provides mental health benefits.

Surfing reduces stress, and often gives those who surf a laid back attitude about life. For the majority of us, the days are filled with stress that is harmful to our mental health. Partaking in physical exercise, especially an activity as exhilarating and fun as surfing, helps offset the negative effects of stress.

A study by the California State University looked at how surfing improved mood and prevented depression and stress. The study included people that were described as angry, depressed or stressed. These individuals became more calm, relaxed and happy after going through a surfing program for a few weeks. 

Surfers are more relaxed and successfully get rid of stress by staying close to nature and feeling free. People who regularly surf say that they feel a deeper sense of tranquility, which gives a psychological boost and balance as a whole.

If you are considering a new hobby that will have a physical and mental impact on your overall health; consider surfing, and hang ten!