If you are looking for a way to stay fit while having fun in the sun, consider taking up a water sport. There are a number of good reasons to consider adding activities such as swimming and surfing to your fitness routine.
Regardless of your level of ability, you likely will be able to find something that fits your lifestyle. Swimming is appropriate for people living with conditions such as arthritis, since it doesn’t put pressure on the joints. It can also benefit people who are living with diabetes and heart disease. Find a swimming pool to exercise in the winter if you wish, but make a point of getting outside to take advantage of the warmth of the sun and its Vitamin D boost in the summer.
For those ready for something a little more fast-paced than swimming, surfing can get the adrenaline pumping, while also providing ever-changing challenges. The water is never exactly the same on any two days. It’s a constant test of skill and know-how.
The buddy system
Spending time riding the waves is a great way to have fun, but you need to take along a friend for safety reasons. The buddy system is a great one to use when swimming, too, for that matter.
Going with someone else not only protects you in the case of an accident, but it also adds a social aspect to your workout. Connecting with other people socially can help to stave off depression. You and your friend also can use each other as training resources, watching each other’s forms and techniques and offering improvement tips.
Surfers benefit from Vitamin D
While surfers are testing out the latest fins, their bodies are busy making vitamin D. Spending time in the sun on a regular basis can help them to make all of this necessary component for strong, healthy bones. Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood, as well as the growth of skin cells.
Surfing as a sleep aid
The constant movement and activity that surfing demands from participants means that you will be more than ready for a good night’s sleep at the end of the day. People who exercise regularly report that they can fall asleep faster and are able to remain in a state of deep sleep longer than those who are not as physically active. You need to be able to get proper rest so that your muscles have time to repair themselves following a workout.
For a good, all-over workout that provides a number of health benefits, consider hitting the water. If you decide to go out during the summer, you will get the added benefit of being able to get some much-needed vitamin D to help keep your bones strong. Challenge yourself by learning to surf and have some fun!