One of the great things about surfing is that you're getting a workout OUTSIDE of a gym!
You're in the beautiful outdoors smelling seaweed and salty air while watching birds dive for their dinner. Your gym is the great outdoors and there are so many ways to take advantage of it.
Although paddling and riding waves does provide a great aerobic workout, strength training, and Vitamin D, there are 3 great activities you can do to improve your surfing while on land.
Ten minutes of yoga every morning: Stretch out that tight neck and shoulders, loosen the lower back, and get your balance practice on. Yoga is my go-to practice for pre- and post-surf remedy. Go to You Tube and get your daily dose.
Take a hike: If you live in Santa Cruz or in the Bay Area, you know how many killer hikes we have in our backyards It is insane! You could find a new hike everyday for 365 days and still be discovering new trails. Hiking is great for straightening legs, back, torso, and and for aerobics.
Biking: So good for your quads and back! You'll be doing much stronger turns and will be able to noseride for longer periods of time if your legs are strong. Again, with so many trails and paths in the area, it is awesome!