So the walking club and the gym membership didn’t work out and your New Year’s resolution to get fit is already in peril. What is left? How will you ever get control of your acid reflux and have a healthy New Year? Well, there is still surfing!
Surfing?! It turns out a physician/researcher (who just happens to be a surfer) studied symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux in surfers. Surfers and non surfers who participated in athletic activities were asked to fill out a survey rating the frequency of reflux symptoms in a typical week. The researcher thought surfing might cause more reflux symptoms because a typical surfer spends so much time on his/her stomach paddling in the waves, waiting for the perfect wave. Sadly, surfers did report more reflux symptoms than non surfers. However, short board surfers experienced more symptoms than long board surfers. So surfing might not be the best way to stay fit if you have gastroesophageal reflux. You might have to keep that gym membership after all and just swim laps, imagining that you are really surfing in Hawaii on a long board.
Now that I have crushed your dreams of pursuing surfing, I will tell you about another study. My two teens with reflux followed their dreams and went surfing on Huntington Beach, California this summer. I am glad to report that they did use a long board and they did not experience any reflux symptoms whatsoever. Instead, they were thrilled beyond words. The only side effect of surfing was feeling very, very tired at the end of the day and craving carbohydrates.
While surfing may not be the “best” sport if you have gastroesophageal reflux, it is worth a try. Just make sure you use a long board.
Surfing Lesson at Huntington Beach, California
Published On: January 03, 2010