The Benefits of Bodyboarding for Health and Fitness

Bodyboarding is a great way to spend more time out on the water. Not only is your boogie board convenient for travelling to your favourite beaches, but it also provides many advantages for your mind and body!

If you need some gear to get yourself kick-started, our online store has all you need to enjoy your time in the water! We have wetsuits from all your favourite surfing brands, including Rip Curl, C-Skin and Xcel, and not forgetting our vast selection of bodyboards!

Get ready to discover the wonderful benefits of bodyboarding and never look back!

Bodyboarding is a Fun Form of Exercise

First of all, bodyboarding is exercise without even realising it because it’s so enjoyable!

With sessions usually lasting anywhere from half an hour to three hours, bodyboarding improves your cardiovascular fitness as your lungs and heart work hard to pump blood to your muscles.

As you advance, you will find that paddling for waves requires a substantial amount of strength. Not only will bodyboarding increase the power in your arms, but balancing also works out your chest and core. Kicking to gain extra speed to catch waves works out your leg muscles, too!

Check out our useful guide to bodyboarding for beginners

Body Boarding is Good for the Brain

As we all know, being in the great outdoors in any sense is good for the body and soul.

Bodyboarding allows you to make the most of the sea during some of the most stunning times of the day. Nothing beats the beauty of sunrise while in the ocean or a fiery sunset as you catch the waves! A dawny can make all the difference to your mindset. Add to that the rush of cold water across your body, and you have the perfect way to clear your head.

As we exercise, happy hormones are released in our brains, including serotonin, regulating our mood and mental wellbeing. Bodyboarding does this as we paddle for, balance on and ride waves! If you haven’t hit the waves in a while, you’ll be amazed at how much it can do for your general mood during and after your session.

People bodyboarding on a crashing wave

You can Body Board at Any Time

As surfers, we’re used to keeping our eyes on the surfing forecast and sometimes having to wait weeks for suitable surf! While there are ideal times to bodyboard, you’ll generally find it easier to catch more waves on your bodyboard, making that unreliable water a little more accessible.

Also, with the support of a high-quality wetsuit, you’ll find that you can have just as much fun with your bodyboard in the winter months!

Bodyboards are Easy to Transport

Bodyboards are incredibly easy to transport from beach to beach! Being relatively small compared to a surfboard, you can simply put it in a bag and take it with you anywhere you go.

With bodyboards being so easy to transport, you might find yourself more inclined to head to the beach without having to worry about packing your surfboard.

Bodyboarding is Suitable for Any Age

One of the best parts of bodyboarding is that anyone can enjoy it at any age!

Just like surfing, as long as you can swim, you’re pretty much good to go with a boogie board. A bodyboard is also cheaper than a surfboard and easier to carry, making it perfect for children.

If you’re looking for a physical activity that the whole family can do, bodyboarding is a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the water together!

A child on a body board

Body Boarding Can Be as Competitive as You Want

Bodyboarding is a great first watersport for many, but don’t let that mislead you. Bodyboarding isn’t only for those searching for a gentle form of exercise.

If you love a challenge, you can amp up your bodyboarding by riding bigger waves and performing incredible tricks. There is a rich library of bodyboarding skills and techniques for you to master.

Opportunity to Travel

For many, travel can provide a wealth of mental and emotional benefits. Seeing more of the world can help us see our own lives in perspective, which can help improve our emotional grounding and overall empathy for others.

Similar to surfing, bodyboarding encourages an exciting life of wave-searching! As you become addicted, you will always be searching for the perfect waves and will be eager to go on more trips to find perfect breaks!

There are so many reasons you should consider bodyboarding - it’s a great way to spend more time outdoors and on the waves!

Remember, if you’re looking for a bodyboard or the perfect wetsuit for your surfing season, be sure to check out the great range we have here at Wetsuit Centre!