Why is stand up paddle boarding so good for us?

via – Green Water Sports

“It feels like you’re standing on an exercise ball, swimming and cycling at the same time!” Paddle boarding is a great all over body workout. Head to toe, every muscle is engaged in balancing on the board or during the paddle stroke with the bulk of the effort being done by the body’s ‘core’ muscles. As the name suggests, the core muscles are integral to the support and function of your whole body. A strong core is a strong body.

Sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers and even surfers have joined in the fun due to the complimentary nature of paddle boarding. When the wind is too light or the waves are too small, paddle boarding gets you on the water and having fun. It also keeps your body in shape. Stand up paddling has also become a go-to sport for athletes of all sports to cross train because of several key benefits of SUP:

  • Full body workout from head to toe
  • Balance, strength, endurance, co-ordination, flexibility, and core stability
  • Cardiovascular workout
  • Low impact
  • Outdoors
  • Above all, it’s a fun workout!

The best part? You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from the amazing workout paddle boarding provides, it is available to everybody of all fitness levels on all bodies of water. Lakes, rivers, right through to the open ocean. With paddle boarding, everyone can get out, enjoy a full body workout and have fun while doing it!

 

About the author: Julian Kidd

I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I’m a hockey fan, football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father. Follow Julian on Google+.
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