We all know how easy it is when you get to the beach, to see the waves, put on your wetsuit, grab your board and go running into the sea without even thinking about a warm up. However it is very important to warm up properly before getting in the water. Surfing is an extremely intense full body workout so it is important to make sure all your muscles are ready for this to help prevent injury. Below are a few of our favourite warm up exercises and stretches.
Not only is it important to stretch but it is very important to do warm up exercises which recreate movements that we will be doing whilst surfing. Below are a few of our favourite dynamic warm up exercises which really get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed up and ready for surfing. Breathing squat: Perform a normal bodyweight squat , exhale as the body moves down, and inhale as you bring the body back up, whilst extending your arms towards the sky.
Warrior lunge: Start in a standing position and lunge forward into the standard lunge position, extend your arms to the sky, then push up off your front foot and back into the starting position. T-rotation pushups: Begin in a pushup position. Then rotate one arm towards the sky, while simultaneously rotating your body onto one side. You should now be balanced on one hand, with your other hand/arm reaching towards the sky. Rotate back into the starting pushup position and repeat with the other side of your body.
Bent shoulder circles: Keeping a straight back and slightly bent knees, bend your upper body forward. Bend until you find an angle where you begin to feel a light stretch in your hamstrings. Then bring the arms out to the sides into a T-shape. Perform small arm circles for around 30 repetitions in each direction.