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Surfing fitness workout

Like many sports, actually surfing is the best way to get in shape - but unless you live in somewhere like Hawaii or Sydney, it's not always practical to get out on the waves.

This is particularly true in the UK, where the winter can be long, cold and miserable. But just because you can't get out on the waves, it doesn't mean you can't work on getting in shape. So what can you do to get in shape for the surfing season?

The most obvious thing that will improve your fitness is swimming. It is not only essential for catching good waves and being safe in the water, but swimmers also use a lot of the same muscles as surfers. While the first choice would be to swim in the ocean, to get in tune with the waves, pool swimming will improve both your cardio fitness and strength.

Other forms of cardio fitness, such as running, will also improve your endurance and prepare you for long days out on the waves.

Strength training will also have a positive impact on your fitness. Focus on upper body and core muscles - this will help you to paddle your board better, and negotiate rough water.

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