Paddling a board out to a break and catching waves is demanding aerobic exercise. While most calorie calculators tell you that a person who weighs around 150 pounds will burn about 200 calories in an hour of surfing, that's actually less than you would burn while walking. A more accurate measurement of your calorie burn should take into account the rigors of paddling a heavy board to reach the break and then sprint-paddling to catch waves. Longboarding actually burns at least 400 calories an hour -- and you can easily tack on to that calorie burn to melt the pounds.
Things You'll Need
- Wetsuit (optional)
Windmill your arms frontward for 30 seconds and then backward for 30 seconds.
Stretch your hamstrings by bending at the waist and touching your toes -- or your ankles or shins if that's more realistic. Hold the position for 30 seconds and then repeat.
Do 25 jumping jacks.
Place your board on the sand. Position yourself on the board as if you're paddling out.
Grasp the sides of the board firmly with your hands and push up while bringing your feet underneath you.
Drop back down. Do three sets of 10 or 12 repetitions.
Paddle out into the water, catch your first wave, ride it in and paddle back out. Instead of sitting idly between sets, paddle down to the next break.
Each time you catch a wave, ride it all the way into the beach so that you have to go farther when you paddle back out again.
If you're facing a day with no waves, try paddling your board the length of the local beach and back again.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're new to longboarding, sign up with a surf school. The instructors will help you choose the right board, recognize good breaks and provide valuable tips.
- Losing weight requires controlling your eating as well. Focus on healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, and choose lean proteins such as chicken and fish
- Surfing can be dangerous, so know your limits. You should be a strong swimmer and be comfortable dealing with waves before trying this demanding sport.
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