Cory Cole Discusses the Physical and Mental Benefits of Surfing

Surfing is more than just a California lifestyle of beach bumming and hanging ten says Cory Cole. The sport originated in Hawaii but quickly swept the globe after Hawaiian princes David Kawananakoa, Edward Keliʻiahonui, and Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana’ole, surfed the San Lorenzo River in California in 1885. But the water sport didn’t reach the height of popularity until the 50s and 60s with the emergence of Elvis’s Blue Hawaii and the Beach Boys.

And this sometimes peaceful, sometimes grueling sport is popular for a reason says amateur surfer Cory Cole. It’s good for your body and your mind to get out on the water.

Surfing Strengthens Your Muscles and Your Balance Says Cory Cole

Surfing also requires major core strength to stay balanced and planted on the surfboard at so many angles and over the movement of the water. Engaging your core is how you’re able to stay in the loose squat position that gives you momentum while you ride the waves.

If Cole were to suggest one off-board exercise to improve your surfing, he says it would be yoga because it improves your balance and focuses on moving your body as a whole instead of targeting specific muscles.

You have to be able to really feel the water’s movement and go with that flow when you’re surfing, says Cory Cole.

Surfing Improves Your Mental Health

And science backs him up. Surfing is a combination of working out, swimming, playing, and being outside — all things that provide dopamine and serotonin, which are the feel-good chemicals. The more dopamine you have in your body, the less cortisol (stress hormone) can settle in your system and wreak havoc on your sleep cycle and general mental well-being.

And as your surfing skills improve and your body adjusts, it’s likely you’ll get a surge of self-confidence and pride that are excellent for combatting stress and negative self-talk. You’ll also inevitably make new friends on the water or in the surf shops, and building a community around you is an amazing way to practice self-care.

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Cory Cole is a graduate of Rutgers University, Cory Cole played soccer his entire life even in College. Cory Cole currently lives in Brielle NJ and exercises

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Cory Cole

Cory Cole is a graduate of Rutgers University, Cory Cole played soccer his entire life even in College. Cory Cole currently lives in Brielle NJ and exercises