Surfing To Get Fit

With the exhilaration and adrenaline rush felt while surfing, it may be hard to believe that surfing can also help you achieve your body and fitness goals. If you are like many people who find most workout activities boring and unmotivating or if you’ve had a difficult time finding an exercise regimen that provides a weight loss solution you can stick with, surfing might be the answer to your prayers.  


According to the sports website, Sports Googly, surfing is a workout for the entire body, particularly your core. A person weighing 150 pounds burns approximately 250 calories per hour.  A person must burn about 3500 calories to lose one pound, so figure that a regular surfing workout can easily lead to a 10 pound weight loss in a few weeks. In addition to a muscle and cardio workout, regular surfing increases your energy and is great for overall fitness levels. Experts refer to it as ‘ocean therapy’ because you develop your body through the constantly changing movement and height of the waves.”


Weight loss may also happen more quickly surfing. Hoisting yourself onto the surfboard from the cold water induces thermogenesis, which raises your metabolism by close to eight percent. 

Better still, the results last because of the psychological benefits of surfing. A California State University study found that people who surf feel more tranquil and balanced. Because people are more calm and relaxed after a regular surfing routine, they want to keep the practice going long-term.