There are so many untold and unknown benefits of surfing for women.
What better activity for women than surfing in the middle of a Sydney summer. But even better are the little known health and fitness benefits for women who take up this exhilarating sport.
It is believed Surfing began in Polynesia, and expanded as a sport into the western world in the 20th century. Today there are 3.8 million surfers in the world, around 2.5 million of those are active surfers in Australia, and only 35% are female.
It is reportedly one of the best sports for women aged 25-34 as there are so many benefits for this age group. Australia, Hawaii and France are home to the three leading female surfers in the world.
Australia has thousands of fantastic surfing breaks in every state including around Sydney, Torquay, Margaret River and Darwin.
If you have not surfed before, it is very important to start with a qualified instructor who can teach you about the water, what to look for, and where to surf that is safe for beginners.
The health and fitness benefits for women are extraordinary, and much more than you may think at first.
Health: Surfing improves cardiovascular health as it raises the heart rate considerably.
It improves balance and flexibility and therefore really strengthens the muscles all over the body.
Surfing also improves co-ordination, as it is a sport that demands every part of the body works together – and quickly to take advantage of every wave.
Mental Health: The mental health benefits are huge, and many people choose to surf to address meant; a health concerns including depression and anxiety.
When during, the mind has to be in the moment, and there is no time to think about the future or th east, so like meditation, surfing can really block out the rest of the world – and thought whilst the sport is being pursued.
Surfing also increases the overall sense of well being, as being in the ocean is very beneficial for well being, but surfing and catching waves can provide a sense of achievement.
Body Confidence: Surfing can really improve body confidence, as it burns a lot of calories, and improves muscle strength very quickly.
Fresh air and the salt water can also really improve the skin and surfers often have a natural, healthy glow.
Community: Surfing is a great way to meet new people and to make new friends.
It provides a great sense of community as surfers often meet at the same place at the same time every day.
Surfing also demands a lot of communication as a sport, as surfers typically share their experiences of the ocean, conditions and expectations.
It is also a great way to meet men as men love the great outdoors and as the statistics above show, there are thousands and millions of men around the world hitting up the surfing breaks every day.