You see them on TV or in the magazines with their warm tans, washboard abs, and toned physiques. Surfers are known to be physically fit. Conquering waves with unimaginable power, maintaining balance on the board, and using their arms to paddle in and out calls for a pretty strenuous workout. So how can you mimic what they see in the mirror every day without risking your life to the sea? Start by following this How to Get Surfer Fit workout guide.
From Surfer Magazine:
A CrossFit type routine will get your heart rate up to a healthy level as you work out to build and tone muscle. This 40-45 minute routine includes four sets of the following activities:
- 100 jump ropes
- 100 jumping jacks
- 30 pushups
- 30 sit-ups
- 15 step-ups
- 10 burpies
- ¼ mile run
DAY 1: Cut out all alcohol. The empty calories and sugars are a total waste.
DAY 2: No more refined carbs (white bread, pasta). High-protein carbs (oats, quinoa) are still okay.
DAY 3: Perform a high-intensity interval-training routine (on top of your regular workout) each morning to boost your metabolism.
DAY 4: Hit the sauna to start reducing bloat—your body needs a few days to flush out the fluids. Stay hydrated, but don’t drink unless thirsty.
DAY 5: Add several servings of watermelon a day—it’s a natural diuretic full of vitamin C.
DAY 6: The biggest muscle groups burn the most calories: Do as many squats and lunges as you can stand today.
DAY 7: Delts, traps, and pecs are the most prominent muscles, so work those with kettlebell halos and push-ups right before the beach, whether you plan to carry a surfboard or just a Kindle.
Getting Surfer Fit isn’t all about the workout….
Diet: It all starts with what you put into your body that will determine the results you will get out of it.
- Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is key. They recommend squeezing a little lemon or lime juice and a pinch of salt to give your water some flavor.
- Eat lots of whole fruits and veggies and less or no processed foods.
- Learn to cook at home! Fast food may be convenient but it’s not always the healthiest.
- Maintain a well-balanced diet and be sure not to skip any meals.
You may not be surfing Mavericks but you could still pass for a wave rider if you stay committed. Shed the holidays and become a healthier, happier you this 2014!