A sport that is often overlooked, but flourishes in the winter and early spring, is surfing. It is a good workout for your entire body and requires more than average balance and coordination. The only problem, in the winter/spring here in New England, is the cold. However, there is a way around this, and it is not expensive, but I will save the information for that until the end.
New England is parent to beautiful beaches, no reefs and nice, easy-to-learn-on waves. Most beaches are easy to get to and for the most part, parking is free during the off-season. Personally, my favorite spot is Rye on the Rocks, just north of Hampton beach, New Hamsphire, but you do not need to travel this far. Neighbor communities like Hull are home to a descent swell. A good resource to check for something near you is the internet and I find the sites below very helpful:
These websites also have information regarding wetsuit rentals, board rentals and retailers along the coast.
Are you getting pumped?! I will admit that surfing can be fun, but it can also be tiring, so below are a few exercises that you can do from the comfort for your heated living room to prepare for your trip to the beach:
- Side planks
- Push ups
For any additional questions, please feel free to contact me Susana Hodgers.