ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Surfing: The Healthy Addiction

Updated on November 15, 2017

Close your eyes and picture a surfer. You are probably picturing a man with no shirt on who has a decent figure, a tan and, of course, long hair. Now open your eyes and answer this question. Was he smiling? The answer is most definitely going to be yes, and there is a reason behind that which many people don't know.

Source

Surfing is a sport that keeps you engaged 100% of the time. If surfers are not riding a wave they are either paddling back out into the lineup (where surfers wait for waves) or scanning the horizon for incoming waves. Every part of the body is used. When surfers paddle they are exercising their arm muscles, once they catch a wave they use their arms again to pop up, their legs to stand and to pump the board, and their core to balance. Even their brain is being exercised, they have to constantly keep an eye out for waves coming at them, and once they lock on to one they have to calculate where on the wave they should paddle for, when to start paddling and when to pop up. So not only are surfers getting a great physical workout, but their brain is being exercised as well.

Since surfers have to concentrate on everything going on around them like waves coming through, their own movement and their interactions with the surfers around them, it can be a great exercise in focus and stress relief. Because of all these things going on around them, surfers are not often thinking about problems that they have outside of the water, like if they just went through a bad breakup or are having financial issues. Surfing provides a great escape from the stressful and fast-paced world that we live in.

Surfers have also mentioned that their time in the ocean has taught them the valuable virtue of patience. The slim downtime that surfers have while out in the ocean waiting for sets of waves to come through, they let loose thoughts that they haven't had time to settle in their heads.

The Mental Aspect

Since surfers have to concentrate on everything going on around them like waves coming through, their own movement and their interactions with the surfers around them, it can be a great exercise in focus and stress relief. Because of all these things going on around them, surfers are not often thinking about problems that they have outside of the water, like if they just went through a bad breakup or are having financial issues. Surfing provides a great escape from the stressful and fast paced world that we live in.

Surfers have also mentioned that their time in the ocean has taught them the valuable virtue of patience. In the the slim downtime that surfers have while out in the ocean waiting for sets of waves to come through, they let loose thoughts that they haven't had time to settle in their heads, making themselves feel much more relaxed.

The Healthy Addiction

All of these factors of surfing come together to make it a sport that is irresistible to anyone who has experienced it before, and an addiction that actually benefits your health. And one of the best things about surfing that many people fail to mention is that anyone can do it. 4 year-olds all the way up to 80 year-olds can take part in it because you can take it at any pace you want. You don't have to jump into 40-foot waves at Jaws on your first day, you can just take out a board and paddle around your beach for while, the health benefits are still there. From a surfers point of view, I only have one regret and that would be that I didn't start earlier, which is saying something because I started surfing when I was 11 years-old.

So the next time you are near the beach and have some spare time, why not grab a board, paddle around, and maybe even catch a few waves? Once you get that one magical ride, you will be hooked, and you will become part of the great community where we can all proudly say that we are all healthily addicted to surfing.

© 2017 Alex Ferris

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)