Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun and relaxing activity that mostly anyone can do. With wide, floaty boards, the sport is ideal for those new to water sports – especially when practiced on calm waters – but can also provide the perfect alternative method of riding waves for more experienced riders too. As well as this, there are also many health and fitness related benefits of SUP.
SIX HEALTH AND FITNESS BENEFITS OF SUP
From physical benefits such as toning your muscles to mental benefits such as relieving stress and lifting your mood, stand-up paddleboarding has it all…
IT’S A FULL BODY WORKOUT
One benefit of SUP is the fact it offers a full body workout as when paddleboarding, almost every muscle in your body is used. Your core, back and leg muscles are constantly maintaining balance, while your arms, back and shoulders are engaged as you pull your paddle through the water over and over again. The sport can also burn more calories in an hour than most others as it incorporates all the key elements of a full-body workout – strength, balance, core and endurance – therefore whether you are SUP surfing, racing or simple taking a relaxing paddle, it’s guaranteed to be a solid workout.
IT RELIEVES STRESS
Being out on the water can help clear the mind releasing feel good endorphins, and guess what – exercise can do the same. Add in the tranquil sounds of your board gliding across the water, the rhythm of your stroke and your breath, and your day-to-day stresses will slowly melt away.
IT BOOSTS ENDURANCE
Endurance and stamina are not only built through cardio exercise, but are also built through strengthening exercises too – and SUP is not only a cardio exercise, but also builds strength in your upper body, core and legs. As a result, another benefit of SUP is that, over time, as you notice your balance improving and your muscles not tiring as easily, you’ll know your endurance is increasing too.
IT IMPROVES BALANCE
There’s no doubt that paddleboarding requires balance, and quite a lot of it to be able to stand up successfully while floating on moving water. In turn, the act of balancing on a paddle board will also increase your core and leg strength.
IT’S GENTLE TO YOUR BODY
Some sports can be intense and strenuous, but as a low impact activity with stand up paddleboarding is very kind to your body. There is a minimal chance of you damaging your ligaments and tendons while SUPing, which can’t always be said with other activities.With this in mind, it’s also great for those who are going through rehab or have suffered previous injuries as it can help with the healing process without causing further damage.
IT BOOSTS VITAMIN D LEVELS
If you hardly ever get the opportunity to be out in the sun, increasing your vitamin D levels should be a priority. Many people workout indoors in gyms, therefore a workout that has to be carried out in the sunshine, means there’s no excuse not to catch some rays.