Are there health benefits of kitesurfing?
What are the health benefits of kitesurfing? There is without a ‘shred’ of doubt that the continued practice of kitesurfing can bring huge benefits to your physical and mental health. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of kitesurfing, which are both mentally and physically good for you.
“Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, kitesurfing is great for both.”Infinity Sport Kitesurfing
On The body
The body, especially the upper area, arms and abdomen. Strengthening your abdominal area will in turn result in a physical improvement of the abductors, glutes and legs too. You can increase the strength in your arms by holding, the kite and legs by bending over the board to ride, and finally the muscles of the hands by grabbing the bar.
Kitesurfing combines aerobics and resistance exercises. This combination is perfect for keeping a balance weight, toning your figure and gaining physical strength, all of which are important to keep the heart healthy.
Mental health & The Mind
With any sport you eliminate stress from our busy lives and working schedules, but if it is an extreme sport adrenaline rushes are much higher, creating a great feeling of wellness. By boosting endorphins and reducing your stress levels, you also boost your immune system.
The way of navigation and jumping in kitesurfing, in which you have to constantly make decisions about movement and position of the bar, body, board, etc, makes you resolve difficult situations on the water, increasing your reflexes and reaction capacity.
Concentration & Flow State
Increases coordination and concentration you are focusing on several tasks at once and you must keep the kite in the air with one hand while you enter the water grabbing the board with the other hand. You are also likely to enter a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
Riding on the board whilst kitesurfing is great for improving your balance.
Like any sport in which you interact with the environment, kitesurfing fosters respect for the ocean, animals and nature in general, as well as makes you breathe fresh air away from the city smog.
When you practice kitesurfing you become part of a community and meet other people that enjoy the same activities, which helps you to interact with people with common interests and tastes, improves your relationships and your ability to communicate. And most important, you know a group of people whom you can talk freely about your passion with.
Finally, we like to think that learning to kitesurf and continuing to kitesurf allows you to experience new sensations, very much like the feeling of being free and flying, which is fantastic for your mental health.
The Benefits Of Kitesurfing
Hopefully this post has shined a light onto the health benefits of kitesurfing for individuals. Kitesurfing is also a brilliant way to cement these values into children, who can safely learn with a professional from a young age.