If you are looking for an activity that brings you closer to the water and the environment and calls upon you to really take a hands-on approach, then Windsurfing is ideal. What better way to enjoy the feeling of closeness to nature and the water while you exercise!
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. Whether you want to try it while on holiday or wish to take it up as a more dedicated area of interest, conditions all along coastlines in the UK are great for Windsurfing. If you’re just starting out, the best thing would be to find your nearest windsurfing centre and go from there. Take Carsington Sports & Leisure in Derbyshire, East Midlands for example. They offer 2 Day courses for £169.00 with no experience needed!
“This is the first stepping stone into the exciting sport of windsurfing. The aim of the course is to introduce students to sailing around a small course in light winds. During the course you will be introduced to the equipment and its component parts. Then, having been shown how they work, it’s onto the water to practice. The practical elements are backed up with relevant theory.”
Here are five of our favourite benefits associated with windsurfing:
1) Mental Benefits: People benefit greatly from exercising outdoors as opposed to inside a gym. If you’re lucky enough to be out on the water on a sunny day, you’ll soak up some Vitamin D, which is known to combat depression.
2) Strengthen Core: Windsurfing works your core muscles as you balance on the board.
3) Cardio: Windsurfing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise because it requires the use of several of your bodies major muscle groups.
4) Increased Cardiovascular Endurance: Because your heart is providing blood to all of these muscle groups, it’s a serious workout for your heart. The best part about this is that as your cardiovascular fitness increases, you will be able to windsurf for a longer period of time.
5) Burn more Calories than the gym: You hardly realise you’re exercising. Expert windsurfers burn up to 1000 calories per hour, and recreational windsurfers burn around 500 calories an hour. The average windsurfer spends up to six hours each day exercising without even realising it.
Our favourite Windsurfing location in UK has to be the East Midlands. Which is yours?