How bodyboarding gets you fit

The fitness benefits of bodyboarding

Bodyboarding offers thrill seekers a dynamic and beneficial exercise that boosts the body's muscular performance and co-ordination skills, whilst allowing for a bracing and exciting experience. Here's the introduction to some of the fitness benefits possessed by the popular water sport of bodyboarding.

Introduction to bodyboarding
Bodyboarding is sometimes thought of as the easier alternative to surfing. However, once past the beginner skills, bodyboarding is every bit as tough as surfing. There are lots more moves and tricks in bodyboarding compared to surfing and once you get the hang of how to ride, the buzz you get from riding the waves is unbeatable.
How bodyboarding gets you fit

It is unclear where bodyboarding was first developed, but one school of thought believes that the discipline was the original form of surfing. According to this theory, the bodyboard was developed from the ancient Hawaiian Paipo surfboard, which was ridden lying down.

Bodyboarding involves a lot more trickery than surfing; riding in straight line is pretty much frowned upon. It’s all about riding up the lip of a wave at tremendous speed and launching into the air to perform tricks.

A bodyboard, which is known as a ‘sponge’ in surf speak, is made from a rectangular piece of foam and is a lot shorter than a surfboard. Generally, the bodyboard is ridden while lying down, although some boarders will ride it in a half-stand position, sometimes even standing up the whole way. It’s a whole lot of fun, and is much easier to pick up than surfing — catching one wave is enough to hook you. But be prepared when starting out; you’re going to get dumped by more waves than you catch!

Health and fitness benefits of bodyboarding
Bodyboarding is a great way to improve your body’s muscular strength while having a great time in open water. Here are some of the key health benefits of bodyboarding:

  • Improves the muscular strength of your arms, with strong directional paddling sometimes required.
  • Develops leg muscles, with the legs initially propelling the bodyboard in the water.
  • Boosts co-ordination skills, with concentration and balance required to stay on the board.
  • Refreshes the mind, with the combination of the sea air and bracing waves clearing the mind.
  • Can help to strengthen the cardiovascular system, with the heart and lungs working more effectively to pump oxygen round the bloodstream to the body’s muscles.

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