More than 95% of all world surfers are amateur, non-professional athletes and ride waves for fun. Nevertheless, the average surfer may encounter challenges and decide to take steps to substantially improve his or her performance in the water.
Surfing once, twice or three times a week - it doesn't matter. As Duke Kahanamoku once said, "The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun."
In order to have that fun, however, staying fit to surf is critical. Improving your surf technique depends on how ready you are to challenge the next wave. It's very easy to improve your physical performance with a few guidelines for life.
Amateur surfers have nothing to lose from a professional, performance-based perspective, but they still face great challenges, such as getting airborne or ending up deep in the barrel. See how your surfing skills will get a boost with 10 simple behaviors that will also extend your life expectancy:
1. Quit smoking. After a period of about two weeks to three months after quitting cigarettes, you'll improve your lung capacity for paddling by 30%!
2. Eat well. You can keep enjoying the taste of food while avoiding processed food (that may cause cancer).
3. Drink water. Always start and finish your day with a glass of water. Mineral water will fight calories and energize your muscles.
4. Exercise your body all week long. One running day, one biking day and one rope workout day will keep your overall fitness prime for surfing.
5. Plan and memorize a simple pre-surf training regime. Warming up will prepare your muscles for surfing and will kick-off your circulation.
6. Avoid alcohol four out of seven days of the week. Alcohol increases blood pressure and reduces the strength of your body.
7. Stretch after surfing. It helps to reduce muscle fatigue and prevent future injuries.
8. Walk for 10 minutes every day. Burn calories, reduce tension and strengthen muscles, bones and joints.
9. Have cold showers during summer. While improving blood circulation, cold showers also help strengthen immunity, deepen breathing and regulate body temperature.
10. Sleep well. When possible, plan your sleeping to meet seven hours of rest. Sleeping enough helps you maintain a healthy weight and will improve your surfing performance overall.
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