I am sure we have all heard the phrase: “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” In fact, many people apply this unfortunate sentiment to themselves as well, claiming age as a reason not to engage in certain activities, for example, surfing. Which brings us to an important question: is surfing for seniors?
SURFING FOR PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
We say yes! As humans age, it becomes more important to keep up with activities of all kinds to maintain physical and mental health. Seniors should absolutely be pursuing things like surfing (with the right instruction) as well as any other interests they might have. Nourishing an attitude where anything is possible is of the utmost importance when preserving one’s mind.
There are many health benefits to be gained from surfing (and not only for seniors):
- On average you will burn around 400 calories an hour.
- Surfing uses all the limbs of the body for a thorough workout.
- Exercise promotes physical and mental health and wellbeing.
NIH Senior Health states: “Studies have shown that exercise provides many health benefits and that older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active”. The article goes on to talk about different diseases that are benefited by exercise including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, balance problems and difficulty walking. It also helps build the strength needed for good balance, which reduces the risk of falling. Taking up surfing could be your answer to diminishing pain and discomfort.
SURFING IS A LIFESTYLE
Everyone gets something different from surfing. There are many accounts from individuals claiming they become “one” with the ocean when they are surfing. Many more profess surfing as the basis of their spirituality, religion, or lifestyle. So what should you look for in your surfing experience? Have fun, take care of yourself, find space, be peaceful, the list goes on.
According to Huffington Post: “(Christian) Mondor, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest, bought himself a surfboard for his 70th birthday, having never surfed before”. Now in his late 80s, Mondor is lovingly referred to by his community as “The Surfing Priest.”