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How Surfing can Improve Your Mental Health

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Good mental health should be a priority for many, especially as work-related stress is on the increase and depression is one of the top illnesses experienced by people of all ages in the UK.

Exercise has long been recommended for those suffering from anxiety and stress, and one way of getting active and staying motivated is to take up surfing!

Boosting Confidence

The thrill of being active in the open water is very exhilarating and will do wonders for your confidence.

While you may feel nervous in the beginning, after your first surfing lesson, Cornwall will soon be your second home (unless you are lucky to live here already).

The sense of achievement and accomplishing something that you never thought you could do is so motivational when you are feeling down.

As you progress through the various stages and get more comfortable on the board, you will enjoy the regular routine and the opportunity to boast to your friends.

Letting go of stress 

The simple act of being outside in the fresh sea air will greatly improve one’s mood. If you think about how lonely and repetitive many days indoors can feel like, then it makes sense to shake off some of that nervous energy in the beautiful outdoors.

One of the other main ways that surfing can improve your mental health is by increasing your sleeping levels.

When you are using up so many muscles, exercising the brain and getting plenty of fresh sea air, when you get home, getting to sleep will be a whole lot easier.

A lack of sleep is one of the key triggers for anxiety and depression so getting a good nights sleep with keep you on track.

Some of the other health benefits of surfing include:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Back and shoulder strength due to the number of muscles being used when paddling
  • Strengthens legs and improves overall core strength
  • Increased flexibility
  • Weight loss
  • Improved balance
  • Improved posture
  • A good dose of good old vitamin D


If all of this sounds fun and you would like to book a surfing lesson, Cornwall has plenty of options available to people of all ages.

The best surfing lesson Cornwall has to offer

Cornwall is a surfers paradise due to the abundance of beautiful sandy beaches and exciting waves. If you live near Cornwall, you can visit for the day or for an overnight trip. If you live in another part of the UK you can even make a holiday out of it.

If you are looking to book a surfing lesson, Cornwall based Newquay Activity Centre has a number of qualified teachers who offer both 1-2-1 sessions and group sessions.

Prices are very competitive and will suit all budgets, so there is no excuse not to get started on your surfing experience.

Whether you want to experience surfing for yourself or you know of somebody whose mental health may benefit from.


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