The Benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is becoming more popular each year. Hawaiians have been using it for years to keep fit when the waves are not big enough for surfing.  By using a paddle board surfers could enjoy the water and exercise simultaneously.  In the last few years, millions of people have begun to enjoy paddle boarding, while standing.  People now stand-up paddle to spend time with friends, to improve their fitness and race.

Core Benefits

SUP provides you with a great core workout.  Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point.  Your leg muscles, core back and abdominal muscles continuously work maintaining your balance, whilst your arms, shoulders, obliques and back are used to propel the paddle board through the water.   These benefits are likely to benefit people who work in a variety of roles that either do not encourage good posture and use of the core muscles or people who play sport or work in jobs that require a good level of core fitness to support the major muscles as they work.

No Impact

SUP is a no impact exercise. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will do damage to the bones, tendons and ligaments.  If you lift weights in the gym or you engage in high impact sports, then your likelihood of injury is far higher than with stand-up paddling.  SUP is particularly useful for runners that are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain.  With this type of sport, it’s possible to burn a lot of calories without damaging your joints.

The Complete Body Workout

SUP is an awesome workout from head to toe. Balance, strength and cardiovascular fitness are all required to remain upright and propel yourself in the water. The level of intensity will be variable and be dependent on your location and the objective of your session. If you are racing, surfing, paddling in the ocean or white water your workout will be intense.  If you are social paddling on calm water or cruising down a river or canal it will not be so challenging.

SUP Fitness Benefits

One of the clear benefits of SUP is the very fast and obvious improvement fitness. It’s a very good sport to do if you are into cross-training since it uses almost all the muscles in the body.

Health Benefits

The cardiovascular benefits are awesome. In addition, you are going to consume a lot of calories. This will likely translate into a loss of weight when combined with a balanced diet.

There is one more great benefit to be aware of… it is very relaxing and a great way to relieve stress. Stress, has countless adverse health consequences and negative effects on the body.  We have personally found that stand-up paddling is a great way to destress from work and other life stresses. Once you get out on the water and start paddling, you can literally feel your body and mind relaxing as I get into the paddling rhythm.

Improve Your Balance

Many activities and sports require good balance. SUP will improve your sense of balance as you try to stay upright while paddling.  For instance, what football player could not improve his game with better balance? You may fall a few times when you first start out, but if you keep at it your overall core balance will greatly improve.

Genuinely Sport for All

This is a remarkable sport that attracts couples, families and people of all ages from 8 to 80 regardless of gender or age.


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