Top 5 ways 40 year old women have improved their surfing with better health and fitness

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Ah, the old board and a wave.

It sounds so easy in theory. Just head to the beach, get a board out, stand on it and ride a few waves.

Anyone who has ever tried surfing before will tell you that it is in fact so much harder than that. Something that requires hours and hours of practice and getting your body prepared.

All of this gets harder when you’re over 40, trust me!

All of sudden it feels ten times harder to get up onto the board, and fifty times harder to actually ride some waves without falling off.

In this post I will tell you the five best techniques that have worked for me (as a 42 year old male) to regain my touch and be a natural on my surfboard.

1) Buy a bigger surfboard

 

Ok, so we used to make fun of the kids growing up who had the big surfboards, but as you get older, it’s definitely worth sacrificing your pride to be more skilled. I got a bigger surfboard a year ago and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. When other older folk think about teasing me for it, I just smile and think “well, at least I can still stand on my board”.

2) Don’t stop exercising

 

Probably obvious advice, but it really is something that we all forget as we get older and other priorities get in the way. I’d absolutely advise to keep weight-training, just stick to high reps and make sure you do lots and lots of core work. I’d also recommend doing some high intensity interval training to replicate the surfing environment. Swimming or running sprints is optimal.

3) Supplement!

 

This without doubt becomes important when your age starts with a three (and even more important when your age starts with a four). As we get older we need to make sure that we’re supplementing with all the essential vitamins and nutrients to allow for optimal body functioning and recovery. One key item if you are male is to take a natural testosterone booster: Testogen by Wolfson Berg has been really effective for me, and has made me feel like I’m in my early thirtees again.

4) Get at least 8 hours sleep every night

 

Growing up we’re told that this doesn’t matter so much when we’re adults, but let me assure you that it does!

I track my sleep every night and I do not leave my bed until I’ve had 8 hours and 15 minutes every night. Because any less than that and I know that I won’t be performing at my best the next day, both on land and in the ocean.

5) Meditate to relieve stress

 

Something that many people often overlook, meditation is a core component of living a healthy lifestyle, as it ensures that we’re in a healthy, positive state of mind. It also helps us to stay present with all our tasks, meaning that we will be more effective when we surf, as we won’t be distracted and will 100% focused on staying on that surf board.

So there’s my top 5, perhaps some of the other older folk on here can chime in with theirs J. Happy surfing peeps.

Sources:

Earlytorise.com/fitness-over-40/   

How To Stay Fit And Dominate That Surfboard

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So I’ve had many people often come to asking how can they get better at surfing?

The obvious answer would be to practice, practice and practice more.

Well that is a valid, and fair enough, because practice does make perfect!

BUT, the thing we need to consider is that what we’ve learnt is the correct way of doing things.

What I mean by this is that we are actually employing the correct technique, or, if we are not at a level where we can consistently have the same technique, then at least we must know how the “correct technique” looks like in order to strive towards that goal.

It is CORRECT TECHNIQUE and PRACTICE combined together that will make us great surfers

As with any sport, or hobby, how do we we ensure we are doing the correct technique?

As simple as staying Fit!

So in this blog post I will discuss how to stay fit, and especially what you can do to gear that fitness towards surfing.

So depending on your goals, you may be either:

A) Trying to lose weight so you can fit on your surfboard (just kidding 😉

B) Trying to put gain some lean muscle to achieve a general good fitness level

Are you trying to shed weight and dominate that surfboard?

 

So you realised that your fitness levels are not up to scratch, and you want to be able to dominate in that surfboard.

No matter how high quality your surfboard is, if you are not fit, you will struggle.

Surfing is a no walk in the park, it not golf…Passionate surfers take surfing seriously, and if you consider yourself one 😉 so should you!

So I’m not going to give you the generic fitness advice your GP gives you:

  • Walk 30 minutes at least 3-4 times per week.

That advice is pretty much for lazy couch potatoes…If you are looking to be a true surfer you need way more than that!

So what should do:

  • Focus on building some lean muscle mass
  • Do at least 3-5 cardio sessions per week, preferably HIIT – High intensity interval training
  • Eat lean proteins, mix of vegetables and healthy carbs (sweet potatoes, brown rice)
  • Supplementation might help. I was reading fat burner reviews around the web, and this girl Karina Stella seems to have tried this phen 375 fat burning stuff. Anyway if you are interested you can read her review here: http://phen375fatburners.com/ Either way, I am not saying this is a good supplement ,as I haven’t used it myself, but feel free to have a look and see what you think.

Trying to put gain some lean muscle to achieve a general good fitness level

Generally for these people, my advice would be the same, however, don’t bother with the fat burner. Also, if you are skinny but your fitness level is not that high, do feel free to engage in more cardio so that your endurance levels can cope with surfit type of levels 🙂

These people I would advise to up their calorie intake (With healthy foods and more lean proteins of course) and also to focus on strength training, trying to get some muscles so that you can at least hop on that surfboard when that wave is following you at 1000 miles per hour!

 

You might be wondering, why am discussing fitness and exercise that much on this blog. The reason is simple, this will be your foundation and base towards becoming a SurFit expert!

Ok, time for me to go dive and get some waves under my surfboard.

Now get up and start exercising!

Sources:

http://phen375fatburners.com/

https://www.surfingaustralia.com/