09 Sep, 2016

Surfing Saves You $2,500 a Year

09 Sep, 2016

We all know that surfing, and other forms of exercise, are great for mind and body, but until now there wasn’t an actual dollar amount to quantify this fact.

Photo: Ha'a Keaulana

Photo: Ha’a Keaulana

A new study published by the American Heart Association and featured in the New York Times, has found that regular exercise saves Americans an average of $2,500 per year in reduced medical costs.

The study compared medical history of 26,239 men and women to see if there was a correlation between active or inactive people and what health problems they faced. Turns out that active people spend significantly less on prescriptions, doctor visits, hospital stays, medical devices, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

“For people still struggling to make time for exercise, a new study offers a strong incentive: You’ll save $2,500 a year.” – New York Times

As little as one surf session a week puts you in the ‘active’ category. The study defines an ‘active’ person as someone who engages in at least 2.5 hours of ‘moderate’ exercise per week, which can be as easy as brisk walking. Only 1.5 hours of ‘vigorous’ exercise, which includes surfing, are necessary to fall within the national guidelines for an active person.

Surfing, and other skill-based sports, are far more engaging than more basic forms of exercise, making you a lot more likely to do them regularly. The more fun you can inject into your workout, the better. Make the ocean your playground and gym.