Surf and tone with Tyler Wright

If you’re af­ter a full- body work­out, you should try hit­ting the waves - just ask cham­pion surfer and Rip Curl am­bas­sador Tyler Wright

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Contents -

She’s the reign­ing surf­ing World Cham­pion and hella f it for it! Af­ter all, just one ses­sion in the surf can burn around 1250 kilo­joules. Sign us up!

What are the things you do ev­ery sin­gle day?

‘ I surf once or some­times twice, and I med­i­tate as well. No mat­ter where I am in the world, I f ind just be­ing still for f ive min­utes a day makes a huge dif­fer­ence.’

What is your ex­er­cise reg­i­men? ‘ I like hikes and go­ing out in Mother Na­ture. My reg­i­men is to live a healthy life – get out and ex­plore. When you get out and you go do some­thing, you end up muck­ing around for over an hour in na­ture – and that, com­bined with ac­tively mak­ing healthy life choices, is bet­ter than any ex­er­cise reg­i­men.’

Why is surf­ing a great work­out?

‘ Well, on av­er­age we burn about 300 c alo­ries ( 1250kJ) in a 4 5minute ses­sion; if you do that twice a day that’s 600 calo­ries (2500kJ)! It def initely keeps you phys­i­cally f it, but when you’re do­ing some­thing that you are pas­sion­ate about, some­thing that you love, it doesn’t reg­is­ter as ex­er­cise. It’s also great for you men­tally be­cause you’re out in Mother Na­ture and that is a very heal­ing kind of en­vi­ron­ment. You don’t have your phone on you and you’ve got to be very alert, tak­ing in signs from the ocean, the way it moves and f lows, and that’s a re­ally nice, kind of peace­ful, thing to do.’ What body parts do you work out while surf­ing? ‘ Surf­ing is a well­bal­anced sport. You lay on a board and you need bal­ance; you stand up and need bal­ance. That’s work­ing the core. You need strong legs to carry you through the waves; to pad­dle you use your shoul­ders and back; to duck dive you need every­thing. It’s an all­round work­out.’ How do you stay grounded and so chilled? ‘ I en­joy med­i­tat­ing. I think it’s very im­por­tant in to­day’s so­ci­ety, where we’re con­stantly dis­tracted by the out­side world. It’s far too easy to stop pay­ing at­ten­tion to the way you feel about things. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand what trig­gers you emo­tion­ally.’


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