Get In Shape for the Summer: From the Gym to the Beach

Moment/ John Seaton Callahan

Moment/ John Seaton Callahan

People spend approximately eight hours a day at work in a standard, indoor setting.

After a long day at the office, a lot of working professionals like to indulge in a strenuous workout, spending one to two hours inside of a gym.

Instead of spending radiant summer days inside, you can add some spontaneity and fun to a mundane gym routine by taking your workout to an outdoor paradise.

Surfing is a great way to stay fit and enjoy a day at the beach. It can be liberating to escape the indoors and allow the mind to be at ease in a peaceful environment.

Unlike common childhood favorites, there are not a lot of people with surfing experience. It is initially challenging to learn and requires unwavering patience, but think about this:

The popular film Soul Surfer is based on the real life of teenager Bethany Hamilton, who lost an arm in a shark attack, but continued to pursue her dreams as a highly competitive surfer. (If that is not motivation to keep going, I don't know what is).

This aquatic sport is one of the most physically exhaustive, but it is extremely rewarding in replenishing physical and mental health.

Surfing builds core strength as paddling through turbulent waves engages the abdominal muscles. Although it is primarily characterized as an upper body exercise, you are getting a full body workout. Whether a surfer is running into the water or balancing on the board, lower body strength is incorporated into the strenuous sport.

The constant use of the arms to paddle can also increase muscle tone, as regular surfers begin to develop a broad back and shoulders.

Like other active water sports, surfing is a great cardiovascular workout because it can improve the flow of oxygen and build endurance.

It takes full dedication to be able to catch a good wave. When people are constantly paddling, they may not always be successful because if the water is rough, it is possible to crash in a wave. However, from a fitness standpoint, the paddling is beneficial because the upper body is undergoing intense muscular endurance throughout the process.

Although it can take a long time to catch the ideal ride, time tends to move more quickly thanks in part to the tropical environment that compliments the sport. Being surrounded by nature has been proven to reduce stress and relax the mind.

A lot of people dread the standard post work gym session, waiting to do their 30 minutes on the treadmill and hit the free weights. Not only does surfing add some variety to your daily routine, but it is a great way to enjoy time with friends, all the while burning about 200-300 calories an hour. When anticipating a wave, you can socialize with people and take in the serene oceanic atmosphere.

The environment adds to the excitement of the sport because there is a new element everyday. It is not a stagnant exercise because of nature’s unpredictability causing the body to learn and adapt to various waves that range in motion and frequency.

Most gym days are brutal, but with surfing, your next workout can be a combination of sunshine, waves, and tropical drinks.