Working out is something that everyone needs to do to stay fit and healthy. You body is your own temple that needs looking after, and with a healthy diet, keeping fit will be the best way to look good and feel good. However, traditionally everyone feels like the gym is their only option. With busy work schedules and high gym membership fees, this can feel like a drain both physically and financially.
However, the best way to get fit is to enjoy doing it. This provides the motivation and inspiration to stay on top of your health and to encourage you to get involved in your own destiny. Tapping into a fun fitness resource will allow you to enjoy the time you spend on yourself without feeling like you’re wasting money or time on something you consider a chore.
For many, surfing is the epitome of freedom. On vast open water, many feel in touch with the power of nature; something that seem much bigger than ourselves. So why not use this as a resource to keep fit and healthy this summer. Ditch the treadmill and pick up a surfboard as a way to enjoy the summer sun and get your body in shape. Try some of these alternatives to the traditional boredom of the gym.
1. Wave Machines
Wave machines, often associated with the big brand Flowrider, are an amazingly fun way to stay fit. The machines themselves work by pumping large amounts of water at high speeds and pressures. This creates a manmade surf in a small place. This surf allows you to be able to participate in the sport on land. A very popular concept, these machines are popping up all over the country.
A relatively difficult task, surfing on a wave machine requires focus and concentration. Not only will it help you get fit, but it will also help you narrow your concentration skills into something practical. Aside from that, it demands the use of core muscles to be able to stay on the board. This strengthens those core muscles in the same way that yoga or weight training would. Equally, the speed of the water forces you to compensate for any movements of the board, increasing your heart rate. This increase of heart rate is the epitome of cardiovascular exercise which directly corresponds to burning calories.
2. SurfSET Fitness
SurfSET is an indoor workout on mechanically moving surfboards that combines yoga type skills with surfing skills. Performed on a board inside, the sessions last 45 minutes long and are performed in groups. You have the chance to learn some of the basic maneuvers which are inherent in surfing, as well as combining them with some of the yoga moves which dominate your core muscles, increase flexibility, improve balance, and increase agility. A more efficient workout than actual surfing, the company estimates that an experienced surfer would need three full hours on the water to achieve the same benefits of this 45 minute session.
The company itself was started by a guy who played hockey. He attributed his ability to stay in shape in the off-season period to surfing. He felt that surfing enabled people to work on the muscles needed to keep overall body strength and a trim figure. The fact that you can do this workout indoors, means that you can participate all year round, not just in the summer. What’s more, there are 42 locations all over the USA offering this class.
Surfing itself is a great way to work out and an extremely fun activity. However, not everyone has access to a coast that gives good enough surf to truly allow you to stay in shape. Due to this, it may be worth trying to find parks and lakes in your area that run windsurfing classes or that hir out windsurfing equipment.
Windsurfing has a little more control than surfing and is arguably easier to learn. However, it demands a full body workout due to the nature of the sail attached to the board. It increases concentration and balance, as well as homing in on upper body strength and core muscle building.
Surfing can be a great way to tone the whole body and to stay trim. It demands use of your whole body while improving balance and coordination through the technique. Not only is it outrageously fun, it can be done with the whole family and beats a boring evening in the gym.
Freelance writer Emily Jenkins has never had a passion for gyms. However, she loves the outdoors and has always found water sports to be a great way to keep in shape. Aside from that, she attempts to eat well and keeps on the straight and narrow by following advice from http://livinghealthytimes.com/ on how to live a more healthy lifestyle every day.