5 Ways to Feel Healthy and Balanced from Pro Surfer Brianna Cope
You might not be a pro surfer, but you should aspire to live like one.
There's no denying that Brianna Cope is an amazing athlete and role model. The pro surfer has made a name for herself in the sport over the years, has her own Etsy shop, and is even the subject of an upcoming Kickstarted-funded independent film about her life and overcoming a physical challenge and the bullying that came along with it. At 23, Brianna is the kind of person we should all aspire to be like — after all she loves coffee too.
Brianna, who's currently part of Peet's Coffee's "What Fills Your Cup" campaign, shared with us some of her tips for feeling healthy and balanced in and out of the water. Check out her advice below:
1. Maintained a Balanced Diet (and Don't Forget the Coffee):
"A balanced diet allows me to feel my best and have the most amount of energy throughout the day. I am gluten, dairy and soy intolerant, so I am very careful of the foods I put in my body. Salmon is one of my favorite proteins because of its health benefits and high omega 3 content. I also like to make “ProOats,” which is gluten free oats mixed with vegan protein, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. This combination of protein and carbs is a great way to keep my energy levels high for long days at the beach or pre-workouts. It’s my favorite snack and my favorite breakfast meal!
And, of course, let’s not forget coffee. I love coffee! There’s always a bag of Peet’s Coffee in my kitchen. As soon as I wake up in the morning, Peets Coffee is the first thing I make. I love to start off my mornings with a cup of coffee and almond milk. I also love the new bottled cold brew from Peet’s, particularly their Baridi Black and Almond Milk flavors. That’s why i was so happy that I could share my love for both surfing and coffee in their recent “What Fills Your Cup” brand campaign."
2. Keep Hydrated:
"Coconut water is essential for me to stay hydrated after long days in the sun surfing, or after a workout. Coconut water is a great way to get daily antioxidants and electrolytes. Coconut water also includes magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium, which are so beneficial when trying to stay hydrated. Since it is so easy to get dehydrated in the sun and in the water, it’s crucial for me to find ways to stay hydrated."
3. Get Lots of Rest and Relaxation:
"Plenty of rest is critical for performance, day in and day out. Proper sleep is needed for recovery if you plan to perform to well. It keeps your mind alert and fresh."
4. Practice Meditation/Visualization:
"Calming the mind is very important, whether it’s for competition, or day-to-day life. Every morning, I try to spend 10 to 15 minutes meditating. My mom got me hooked on meditation because I also had a hard time concentrating. It’s really helped me stay focused and grounded. Also, visualization is very important to me before a competition, I try to envision myself going thru all the motions, catching the right waves, and really feeling in tune with the ocean. I think it’s important to visualize because when the time comes to compete, it’s like you’ve already been there."
5. Keep Up the Strength Training:
"I was introduced to strength training two years ago by my trainer Jeff Lopez. As a surfer, balance, strength and flexibility is so important. Squatting and weight training have really improved my surfing ability. Being able to have a low center of gravity and a strong core makes my surfing more powerful and stable. Surfing is a very high impact sport, it’s very beneficial to train your muscles to reduce the force of impact which will help with injury prevention. I believe the more time you put in at the gym will only translate to better surfing results."