Body fat percentage: officially in the ‘fit’ range

I have been pretty quiet on the blog lately. I could blame my Academic workload. I could blame my equestrian endeavours and its competitions. However, I am an honest person and I’ll tell you the truth. I simply haven’t been … Continue reading

Am I fit? Yes…But no!

This blog has been a chronicle of my journey from kook surfer to a beginner surfer on the cusp of becoming a beginner-intermediate. It has gone from when my disorder was loud and affecting my everyday life to now when it only pops … Continue reading

Push it; push it good

Challenging yourself is a lot fun. I like to always try new things and see how I can incorporate new activities into my work-outs so that my body doesn’t just become ho-hum with whatever we’re doing…or I’m doing…Pardon the disassociation … Continue reading

Going green

Green leafy vegetables are a vital part of our diets for vitamins, calcium, iron and fibre – but sometimes they’re a little bit too easy to “leaf” out of our daily intakes. Nutritionists say that our diets should be 50% … Continue reading

Wave runner

Jess Tuckman

Jess Tuckman, by Checkered Photography

When there is no surf, we need to keep our fitness levels up for when the decent swell does come, and if you’re like me, you’ll get bored if you don’t burn off your excess energy. Running is an accessible and simple solution (although it just isn’t as exciting as surfing). I find that if I just run at one pace for a few miles then it is boring and not really that beneficial. When you surf you are working your body at different rates depending on what you are doing. If you are just paddling around in between sets, you are not going to be working as hard as if you would be if you were paddling for a wave. When you run, alter your speed and also try to plan a route that has flat, uphill and downhill. As well as working your body at low- and high-intensity you will also be using muscles differently.

I don’t get as bored by this type of run and to spice it up a bit more you could also add in some press-ups, sit-ups, squats or any other exercises at different points in your route.
Happy surfing x.

Jess Tuckman is a surfer from Cornwall in England. She began surfing five years ago and regularly competes in UKPSA.