It is more than just fun, there are tons of great Health Benefits to Paddle Boarding!
Works the Whole Body
Some people don’t realize until they are on a SUP that it takes muscles from your whole body.
If you have an Inflatable it takes lots of arm and shoulder power just to pump it up before you get out on the water. Then once you are on the board it takes your entire body to balance.
You are using core to stand straight up, your legs and feet muscles are used to help you from falling off. When actually paddling it takes a lot of core but also arm, back, shoulder and even legs to get the board going again the current of the water.
It is one of those fun workouts that stimulates muscles that you forgot you had. The little ones in your feet to stay standing, the finger muscles to hold onto the paddle.
What muscles do you use most? How good of a workout do you think paddling is?
Did you experience different muscle soreness the first time?
It can be so fun and get that body moving and grooving.
The best part? You don’t even feel like you are actually working out because it is so much fun! Just remember, you will feel it tomorrow.
Even though it can be a serious kick butt workout, it is low impact on your body!
Because of the board being on top of moving water it takes a lot of the pressure off from your body. This is a great way to get active and workout with little pressure and impact on your joints.
Your body is working all together in order to stay balanced on the board, keeping you knee soft and whole body engaged helps to stay stable.
Even doing push-ups, lunges or something like burpees on the board can be an easy fun way to work some extra muscles.
Floating and allowing for low pressure on your joints leads to an amazing workout without hurting your knees or elbows!
Boost Cardiovascular Health
Paddle boarding can be compared to other work outs such as cross-training, aerobics and even running. These are said to greatly reduce the risk of major health problems.
So a day on the SUP can actually help to lower the risk of having a stroke, heart attack.
Building up your cardiovascular health is important and can be done so many ways.
Keeping your body active is important and should be done in any way possible.
Paddle boarding is a great way to get started.
Comparable to running you can start with a crawl and then walk, building up your strength and body’s stamina.
Beginning as a paddle boarder most people spend time on their knees, just getting the hang of paddling. Standing up then is easier once you have a feel for the board and the ability to balance evenly. Weight distribution is important on a SUP, starting on your knees will show you the best way to handle the board.
Once you are able to stand you can move up to paddling vigorously and fast! Getting your heart rate up and your body moving, a lot like running or another type of cardio workout.
It is great to start slow and build up your strength and abilities on the board. Find the perfect SUP Today.
Perfect for Meditation
Many people do Yoga on SUP’s for a workout and for fun. A great way to enjoy yourself on the water. But also to bring total awareness and a sense of peace over your body.
Floating on the water is an ideal space to meditate for many reasons. Trying to master paddle boarding will help you to bring full awareness to your body and the way it is working and moving. Psychologists have said that this balance and awareness is the state of mind also known as “flow”.
Meditating out on the water, just looking up at the sky is one of my favorites. What is your favorite thing to do out on the SUP?
Taking that time to be zen and meditate while floating on a body of water is truly calming and life enhancing.
The “Flow” state of mind is the optimal situation for Zen Meditation. Becoming present and aware inside your body and mind.
Being in a state of mind like “flow” you may notice that your mood has improved, along with focus and cognitive function.
Improvement of these small functions and many more may come from paddle boarding.
Many avid paddle boarders have found that paddling is a great stress relief for them. Many reasons this is true, being one with nature and connecting with the outside world can be very calming. This is great for reducing stress and thoughts of things that are not so important.
The fear of falling!
It is almost impossible to be stressed out about that work meeting, you’re dating life or almost empty bank account if you might fall into ice-cold water.
Constantly focusing on keeping your balance and body or SUP stable on the water takes up a lot of brain power.
Water is a natural stress reliever in itself. Being in or on the water is a great healthy remedy to rejuvenate your body.
Exercise will also bring out your bodies endorphins, happy thoughts and smiles all around.
Naturally you will be putting that stress to rest out on the SUP.
Improve Balance and Boost Endurance
Time to get out on that Paddle Board. There are so many great health benefits, plus it’ll put a smile on your face!
Tell me what you think is the best part of a paddle board workout!