There's more to wakeboarding than just riding the wake.
The brighter mornings and lighter nights are fast approaching (well, here at Wave and Wake HQ at least). And with those, comes a new wakeboarding season. Incase you hadn't already justified getting out on the water, our list of wakeboarding health benefits might give you that final nudge.
What better excuse to dust off your board (or treat yourself to a new one *hint hint*) and ride the wake!
- Not only is wakeboarding great fun, but it also requires a surprising amount of strength and is a great form of exercise. Wakeboarding is a great way of keeping the body and mind healthy and fit.
- When wakeboarding you have to flex, resist and hold positions for long periods at a time. Subsequently, you'll build strength in your arm and leg muscles. As you progress you'll learn to build on and move from these held positions to execute tricks.
- Jumps and turns while wakeboarding will require hand and foot flexibility to avoid injury. As a result, wakeboarders develop improved flexibility. Agility and being nimble on your feet will carry over to everyday activities.
- Wakeboarding will improve your swimming skills. Don't be disllusioned, you will end up falling into the water more than once! As a results, you'll need to be a strong swimmer.
- Balance and stability are the foundations for wakeboarding. So like kitesurfing, core strength is a key component to the sport. You'll also develop great hand-eye coordination as many of the tricks require fast hand switches, rotations and jumps.
- Wakeboarding is great for your mental health! It helps to improve mental concentration and refreshes the mind. The adrenaline is enough to take your mind off daily stresses while the physical activity of time spent on the water releases feel-good endorphins.
- It's a great outdoor workout. A 2011 study found that outdoor exercise was associated with greater decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression when compared to indoor activity.
- When wakeboarding there can be sudden changes of direction and position required. Therefore as a wakeboarder, you'll develop improved reaction times and versatility to adapt to differences in the water, direction, wind etc.
- It encourages you to get social! Wakeboarding with family and friends is a great way of spending time together. It's also a great way to meet and make new friends who enjoy like minded hobbies.
And if you needed one final reason to get out and ride the wake, what better excuse than savings of up to 35% off. Now if that's not a good enough reason...