Surfing is a physically demanding sport that requires a balanced lifestyle in order to perform well, and to stay healthy in and out of the water.
Drink plenty of water between sessions. Coconut water is also a good way to stay hydrated.
Healthy Eating Habits
Eating well relates directly to how our bodies feel. Be sure to have enough protein intake, as well as fruits and vegetables.
Yoga can bring focus to the breath, which in surfing can help with staying present and calm. Yoga also improves flexibility and strengthens opposing muscle groups.
Surfing can sometimes be mentally challenging, meditation helps face fear and frustration out on the water.
Core strength and physical activity with variety helps counter the repetitive movements in surfing such as paddling and popping up on the board. Strength training, swimming, fitness classes, pilates, or anything new helps to challenge and train your body in contrasting ways.
Sun can take a toll on the skin, so it’s important to cover up and wear sunscreen. Taking breaks to re-apply, and make sure that it’s designed to stay on in the ocean. Sunscreens designed for water sports are suggested, especially with zinc. Rash guards can help prevent sun exposure. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for after-sun care.
Wetting hair and applying conditioner before going out can help keep it from getting to dry (but keep in mind using conditioners with ocean-friendly ingredients). Rinsing after a surf session with fresh water, and using deep conditioning and/or coconut oil treatments can help tame salty ocean hair.
Deep tissue massages help decrease muscle tension. Self-massaging with foam rollers to help with fascia helps to eliminate soft-tissue adhesions.
Sleep! Surfing is physically demanding, and proper time to rest and recover, and allows muscles time to repair themselves.