Table of contents1.Strengthening the Core Muscles
2.A Full-body Workout
4.Improving Your Balance Skill
8.Spending Time in Nature
9.Seeing the World at Your Pace
10.Promoting Positive Life style Change
10 Paddle Boarding Activities You Should Try
A big reason for the rise of paddleboarding in recent years can't be separated from the new crown epidemic. When everyone is stuck at home, people are more eager to get in touch with nature. And paddleboarding not only does that, but it's also a fun activity to do with your friends and family. It has so many benefits, check it out.
Strengthening the Core Muscles
Paddling in waters with currents or rough waters requires maintaining balance by constantly paddling, and in the process building our body's core strength. For example, waves in the ocean will work your abs, while paddling against the current will require more strength to pull your paddle through the water.
There is no denying that this is a fantastic way to get your core strength in shape because your abdominal muscles will be constantly working to help you maintain your balance.
A Full-body Workout
Aside from just core training, surfboarding is a great total body workout. It's a strength and endurance workout that requires almost every element of your body to cooperate and perform. As you paddle through the water, the muscles in your arms, shoulders and back are engaged, and your knee muscles help propel you forward. Your leg muscles work hard to maintain your balance.
At the same time, you'll use your arms and shoulders to move the paddles of your stand-up paddleboard forward, at which point your heart will race and release nitric oxide. Your blood vessels will open and more oxygen will approach your brain, improving the function of almost every organ in your body.
Rowing is a full-body exercise that burns a lot of calories in just one hour of activity. According to an Arizona State University study, if a man who weighs 140 pounds does SUP for about 60 minutes, they can burn an average of 385 calories. A woman of the same weight can burn 436 calories.
People who paddle at a faster pace or who participate in SUP tours, races or surfing can burn upwards of 600 calories per hour. If you regularly engage in stand up paddle boarding, you will have a better chance of consistently burning a healthy amount of calories and reaching your goal weight.
Helping the Balance
There is no doubt that doing paddleboarding in the water not only works your whole body, but it also allows you to improve your balance. And, the key to learning how to paddle board is to keep your balance in the water, and once you learn this exercise, your balance will be greatly enhanced. In addition, better balance can help you balance your life and have better focus throughout the day.
In general, paddleboarding is a low-impact workout. Low-impact exercise is great for people who have had previous leg injuries or joint problems. Since it has little impact on your body, it can help you increase your strength or recover from an injury, which means it won't cause serious damage to your ligaments or tendons.
It is also easier to master than skiing and not as daunting as surfing. It depends on how intense you want it to be (the current and speed will make a difference). Psychologically, low-impact exercise is very appealing, and you may even find yourself happy with the exercise. It's a great activity for anyone who wants to give themselves a relaxing workout.
The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” really applies when you are out paddle boarding. You can be out on the water, paddling away for hours before you realize that you have been exerting yourself the entire time. You do not get that with running, do you?
Stress is inevitable in our daily lives and it's important that we relieve our minds and bodies as much as possible. Exercise is a great way to reduce built-up stress, and if you hate the idea of a high-intensity workout, then a low-impact exercise like paddleboarding may be perfect for you.
You can stand or sit quietly on your board, take a deep breath, and be surrounded by nature and calmness that helps clear your mind and body of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase serotonin production. Or dropping off the board and having fun in the water can give you a serious adrenaline rush and reduce any feelings of tension.
Spending Time in Nature
Spending time in the great outdoors is something that many of us need in our daily lives. SUP is a fun activity that not only puts us directly in nature, but also improves our overall mental and physical health. Being outdoors lowers our blood pressure and heart rate while also allowing our bodies to relax and unwind.
In addition to being a form of exercise, stand up paddle boarding is about escapism. You can immerse yourself in the great outdoors with the sun shining on your shoulders and the water stretching out around you. It's a rich, immersive experience that brings you closer to nature.
Seeing the World at Your Pace
SUP provides a full-body workout in the most amazing settings. When you see the world on water, you gain a whole new perspective. And you can use it to broaden your travel horizons, too. Whether you’re paddling your way down a dense tropical waterway in the Philippines, or marveling at the wilderness of central Europe, stand up paddleboarding carves out a whole new, and more serene, vantage point.
It’s a unique way of spotting out wildlife, and appreciating the rich natural beauty of the planet’s lakes, rivers and coastal stretches. It taps into the delights of slow travel, too.
Promoting Positive Lifestyle Change
It has become the norm for most people under the influence of the epidemic to spend most of their time indoors. Even more, many people have become negative because they stay at home for long periods of time. Paddle boarding requires participants to be outdoors and on a body of water that they are comfortable with.
Therefore, if you choose to participate in SUP as an exercise sport, it will promote significant and positive lifestyle changes, such as spending more time outdoors. Staying in the wide open spaces and soaking up the sunshine can lead to a more relaxed body and a better mood, resulting in a greater love of life.