Many of us love to windsurf, so the question arises. Does windsurfing build muscle?
You are on the water all day whenever you have the chance. You love it. Some say windsurfing isn’t a hobby. It’s an addiction.
In this article, I will explain if practicing windsurfing builds muscle mass. I will also cover all the health benefits and which muscle groups are trained while windsurfing.
So, my fellow water rats, strap your gear and read on to get the complete story.
Does Windsurfing Build Muscle?
Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, windsurfing builds muscle, especially if you are windsurfing in strong winds. It strengthens your arm muscles, especially your underarms and your biceps. Also, it is an excellent sport to develop core strength as you constantly look for balance on the board. Even the back and leg muscles are involved while windsurfing.
All these muscles are constantly engaging and working while you work your way on your windsurf board. And don’t forget the muscles you have to use when you fall, swim back and climb back on your board and even get your board and sail out of the water when you’re finished for the day.
12 Benefits Of Windsurfing
Let’s now dive into the benefits of practicing windsurfing regularly.
Here we go!
1- IT STRENGTHENS YOUR CORE
As already mentioned, it strengthens your core. On a windsurf board, you constantly work your core to keep your balance, especially in strong winds and with waves.
2- IT’S GREAT FUN
If you a windsurf fanatic, it’s great fun to be out on the water practicing your favorite hobby. So, you’re having fun doing a complete body workout.
3- IT BUILDS MASSIVE ARM MUSCLES
I was a pretty good arm wrestler and won my fair share of competitions back in the day. But there was one guy I will never forget. He was so amazingly strong and hard to beat with arm wrestling.
He just answered when I asked how he trained to be such a good arm wrestler.
I’m a fanatic windsurfer. I built armstrength by windsurfing all my life.
That blew my mind.
4- IT’S A GOOD CALORIE BURNER
Windsurfing burns a lot of calories. You can burn between 400 and 800 calories per hour, depending on your skill level and weather circumstances.
Not a bad deal, in my opinion. You are enjoying yourself on the water while burning calories.
5- IT WORKS MENTAL WONDERS
Just imagine being a couple of hours on the water just by yourself, practicing your favorite exercise listening to the water and wind.
Doesn’t that sound relaxing to you?
It’s like on-water active yoga.
While you are windsurfing, your thoughts are not occupied with your daily worries and concerns. Windsurfing produces endorphins which will put a smile on your face every time you glide through the water.
And in the meantime, you receive your fair portion of vitamins-D, which helps improve depression.
This brings me to the next benefit
6- YOU’LL ENJOY THE SUN
Yes. Being out on the water will give you a beautiful tan. Of course, you must protect your skin with high-protective sunscreen, but you’ll get a nice tan anyway.
This makes you look and feel great.
7- IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
Because so many muscles are involved while you windsurf, it’s excellent for cardiovascular endurance. Your heart needs to pump all that blood to those specific muscle groups in your body.
While windsurfing, you also work the bigger muscles like your back and legs. For your heart to pump blood to those large muscle groups, it needs to work harder, which is excellent for cardiovascular fitness.
8- YOU PROBABLY LIVE CLOSE TO A BEACH OR LAKE
I count this one as a significant benefit as well. If you windsurf daily, you probably live close to the beach or a beautiful lake. If that’s not a benefit, I don’t know what is.
Hey man. I live close to the beach and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
Not only to be able to windsurf, but to have lovely walks on the beach with your family, have a nice lunch in a beach bar, swim, rent a boat, or jet ski. You name it.
I consider you blessed if you live close to water.
9- IT’S A GREAT SPORT FOR ALL AGES
Another great thing about windsurfing is that it can be practiced at any age. It takes some time to learn whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, but once you get the hang of it, you will have a special hobby for the rest of your life.
10- IT IS A LOW-INJURY-RISK SPORT
Windsurfing is a low-impact sport and will not cause many injuries. Especially as we age, it’s more important not to get injured. We heal slower than when we were younger.
If you are competing in competitions with 3-meter high waves and high winds, this could be different.
That said, usually, it’s a low-injury-risk activity.
11- YOU CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE
Windsurfing is one of those technical sports in which you can endlessly improve and learn.
As I mentioned earlier.
To learn this sport, you need a positive attitude because it’s not the easiest activity to master.
Reaching an advanced level can take years, but once you reach that level, you will be in control in weather conditions.
12- IT CAN BE A SOCIAL ACTIVITY
Whether you are a loner or a social person, practicing windsurfing, you can have it both ways.
You can choose to be by yourself all day or look for a windsurf community, sail together, and pass time together.
In general, the surf community consists of positive, laid-back people.
The beach-style-kind-off-life attracts these like-minded sporty and positive types of people.
Can I learn windsurfing in my 50’s?
Yes, you can! The nice thing about windsurfing is that you can learn it at any age. The curious thing about windsurfing is: it is pretty easy to learn but hard to master.
What are the dangers of windsurfing?
Overexposure to sunlight. You must protect your skin, especially being out on the water for hours. Windsurfing can cause muscle pain, especially when you start.
And lastly, you must be aware that you are on the water, so there will be some wildlife like jellyfish. You also want to stay away from rocky areas.
Can I learn how to surf in a week?
The average student needs between 4 hours and two weeks of practicing to learn the basics of windsurfing. As I mentioned earlier, it can take a lifetime to master.
As you can see, windsurfing doesn’t only build muscle but has numerous other benefits — mental- and physical benefits.
Windsurfers and surfers are laidback people who enjoy nature and sports. They are optimistic and determined to improve what they are doing.
Just look at the professional windsurfers. They are tanned and look healthy. They are fit and muscular and enjoy a low body fat percentage.
Have you tried windsurfing?
Did you find windsurfing hard to learn?
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STAY HEALTHY AND STRONG!