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What Are the Benefits of Being a Surfer?

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author image Vanessa Arellano Doctor
Vanessa Arellano Doctor has more than 10 years of professional writing experience, specializing in business and finance, health and fitness and general interest subjects. She has been published in the "Financial Times," "European Banking News Network," "Entrepreneur," Urbanette.com and WealthBriefing Asia.
What Are the Benefits of Being a Surfer?
A young man and woman with surfboards heading to the water. Photo Credit Plustwentyseven/DigitalVision/Getty Images

When the "kids" shouted "Let's go surfing" in those beach movies from long ago, they were mostly talking about soaking in some sun and riding the waves. As it turns out, they were taking part in an exercise that is aerobic and anaerobic at the same time. It can also help ease stress and keep a body toned and fit.

Fitness/Physical Benefits

According to the Better Health Channel, you can get a lot of physical exercise from surfing that will ultimately lead to weight loss and a toned body. Surfing strengthens the core and legs. It's called "ocean therapy" because you develop your body through the constantly changing movement and height of the waves. Based on an activity calculator on Health Status, a 180-pound person surfing for 30 to 60 minutes can burn as many as 130 to 260 calories.

Psychological Benefits

What Are the Benefits of Being a Surfer?
Surfing can improve your mood and prevent depression and stress. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A 2010 study by the California State University looked at how surfing can improve a person's mood and prevent depression and stress. The study determined people described as depressed, angry or stressed become more calm, relaxed and happy after going through a surfing program for a few weeks. According to the Jimmy Miller Foundation, a program that helps individuals cope with mental and physical illness, surfers are more relaxed and effectively get rid of stress by staying close to nature and feeling free. People who engage in surfing, according to the University of California study, feel a deeper sense of tranquility, which boosts psychological balance as a whole

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Aerobic Benefits

Surfers must do a variety of cardiovascular exercises like paddling, swimming and running to the water. Regular surfing can improve the amount of blood being pumped in and out of the heart and how the body uses its oxygen. Over time, it could help people tolerate expanded physical activities and keep up their strength while they're doing them.

Working the Mind

As peaceful as a surfer can make it look, the activity is all about maintaining balance and anticipating where the next wave will take her. When the conditions of the ocean change, a surfer has to adapt quickly to stay on the board. So, surfing is also a mental exercise that can teach a person how to deal with different and changing scenarios.

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