Surfers Guide to Dealing with Fatigue
by: Wesley Somoza
Owner of Visit Southern California
Southern California is home to beautiful people, majestic beaches, and delicious dishes; it’s a hotbed of cultures, movies, music, sports, parties, and fun times.
In other words, Southern California is pretty much the place to be, especially for surfers young and old, beginners and experts alike.
Surfer Today claims it is still seen as the “capital of U.S. surfing,”. From coast to coast, surfers of all ages, and skill level enjoy the surf-perfect waves of every beach in Southern California, most notably Rincon, Malibu, Huntington Beach Pier, and Lower Trestles.
Health Benefits of Surfing
Health Fitness Revolution detailed the many health benefits of surfing
• It improves cardiovascular health
• Strengthens the core, upper limbs, and leg muscles
• Increases flexibility
• Relieves stress
Surfing is also a good calorie-burning activity. A solid, one-hour surfing session, according to an article on Shape, burns at least 208 calories, or even more depending on the surfer’s skill level and intensity of the session.
How Surfing Burns Calories
But how does surfing burn those calories?
Men’s Fitness claim surfing is a complete full body workout due to the paddling out to catch a wave that works the upper back and shoulders as the surfer swims against the tide. Once the surfer stands up and rides a wave in, the lower limbs, core, and shoulders are engaged and worked hard.
Now that we’ve dusted over the basics, let’s have a look at how surfers can deal with fatigue…
Relax and Eat Good Food
As surfing is a tough workout, surfers need to rest and recover, too. There is no better way to relax after an exhausting surfing session than to chow on some of South California’s most enjoyable food, which surfers can order in any of the restaurants listed here in a previous post on Visit Southern California. But it is always important for surfers to stick to a balanced diet to recover well after every surfing session. And more importantly provide them with enough nutrients and energy to go again the next day.
Snooze Time Is Important
Sleep is and will always be the best means of recovery. Surfers who wish to perform at their apex best every surfing session should aim for at least seven to nine hours of snooze time because, as the National Sleep Foundation explains, adequate sleep helps improve athletic performance by boosting your energy levels, coordination, agility, and endurance. Moreover, consistent seven- to nine-hour sleeps also improve your capacity to focus and stay balanced, which are both important in surfing.
Unfortunately, falling asleep in Southern California might be a problem too, because here, the fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. In fact, nighttime here is just as exciting as daytime. So, for serious surfers who are striving to achieve high performance, it’s important to be able to block out any external variables at night that may hinder sleep. In a blog post by Leesa on tips to fall asleep faster it discusses how things like humming to yourself in bed or listening to music can block out any distractions and aid you in sleeping easier. If none of those tips work, then there is always the Southern California nightlife to enjoy until the early hours.