SURFING THE WEB
with Groundswell Surf Shop
Nutrition is the key to having good health. Well duh, everyone knows that. Surfers sometimes lack in this department and begin to develop poor nutritional habits based on those early morning dawn patrols, 3 hour sessions and low budgets.
Okay okay, so why is feeding your body as an athlete SO important? Not only will you have increased energy levels, your surfing will definitely begin to improve too. When your body is able to function at it's optimum, so will your mind.
How to get started:
This is when your body will need the highest levels of energy. Choose Low GI options for sustained levels of energy. Consumption should take place 60-90 minutes before you head out. This allows enough time for your body to absorb the nutrients. The Low GI foods will begin to break down slowly and provide energy for extended periods.
This is commonly referred to as a "recovery" meal. AKA, the time to treat yo self! It's best to wait 30-60 minutes before eating, as this allows sufficient time for an increased production of enzymes needed to store energy and build muscle. High GI items are acceptable in a balanced portion, but should never be completely substituted for a healthy lunch or brunch. Proteins are most beneficial when included in this meal.
Ultimately, your food choices are entirely up to you, but whatever you put into your body will either help you or harm you. Fuel your body correctly so that you can smash your next session.
Whether you're a beginner surfer or at a higher progression level, focusing on your fitness has ripple effects on the quality of your surfing.
Being "surfing fit" is the key to enjoying each session and improving your overall health, as well as adding to your happiness in general. By building a better body, your success in the sport will become evident. A great exercise routine will increase your strength, develop your core control and improve your muscle co-ordination. Good muscle co-ordination will result in stronger and faster pop-ups, a stable upper body, deeper duck dives, as well as a host of other long-term health benefits.
So why master the perfect surfers push up? Being weak in this aspect means slower and less controlled pop-ups and duck dives. This slower motion will also mean less clean wave face rides and frustrating paddle-outs. Your risk of injury is increased when you're not fit to handle the ocean's power and your equipment correctly.
Why the push up? Several key movements of this specific exercise are needed for surfing. It is also great for full body strength development.
Gaining strength takes time, so always exercise within your physical ability. Remember that training your body efficiently means more fun in the water!