While walking along the beach, you’ve probably noticed people standing on a surfboard shape float with a paddle in their hands. Well, this paddle boarding which, in the past five years has become very popular.
You might be wondering if there any benefit to this?
The answer is yes!
I’m going to give you all the reasons why this not only a super social sport, but it’s excellent for people looking to get fit.
Want to know the best part?
No matter what fitness level you are or where you live, you can get involved with minimal effort and only a small starting expense. Entry level inflatable paddle boards can be bought for under US$300.
Thought so, let’s get started.
You Can Burn Through Calories Paddle Boarding
Calorie burning sports are massive at the moment. Everyone wants a piece of them which, is probably why paddle boarding is becoming so popular.
I know what you are thinking, “It looks easy!”
Well, you right it does!
But, when you compare it to high calorie burning sports such as cycling or swimming, you can see that burns just as many calories if not more.
Need more prove? Check out this graph:
How many calories do you burn paddle boarding?
There really isn’t any low impact sport that burns more calories!
Paddle Boarding Improves balance
Paddleboarding might look easy. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it looks.
The ever-changing movement of water can make it tricky. You might feel like you’re just standing still but, you’re not, you’re always moving.
But why does this improve your balance?
Let me explain:
The consent movement of the board will engage all of your muscles to help you stand up while your brain compensates for waves.
The best thing:
The art of balancing is interchangeable between sports and can help you in your day to day life.
Paddle Boarding Is Great For Relieving Stress
Feeling the stresses of day to day life? Need something to take off the pressure?
Paddleboarding might be just what you’re looking for.
It’s a well-known fact that the sound of the ocean and the feeling of being one with nature has a very calming effect on the body and soul.
On top of this exercise has been a proven stress reliever that helps with mental health problems.
Awesome Cardio Workout
Looking after your heart is essential!
Anything that lowers risk of heart attacks or strokes is critical, for an excellent cardio workout get out on your paddleboard.
Spend long enough out on your paddle board, and you can enjoy a great cardio workout.
Are you not finding it challenging enough?
Why not race one of your friends to increase your heart rate with a fun and motivating challenge.
Social Benefits of SUP
Trying to juggle your day to day life can be challenging at the best of times, making time around work to see friends and exercise is a never-ending battle.
Well, that’s another area you might benefit from with paddle boarding; with loads of groups popping up, you’ll find it easy to make friends.
Why is it such a social sport?
One reason is that you can talk easily while paddling next to a friend.
Another nice thing is that you can stick your family on the board with you. It’s important to find time to spend with the family, and with this sport you can just that.
Increase Your Core Strength
People nowadays are obsessed with having a strong core which, I put that down to yoga.
Paddleboarding has great benefits when it comes to core strength. With each correctly performed stroke, you’re doing a little abdominal crunch.
Want a bonus tip for getting an even better core workout?
What am I thinking of course you do!
Do yoga while balancing on the paddle board the movement of the water whilst performing yoga poses will certainly jazz things up.
Gets You Outside And Into The Sun
Do you work in an office or somewhere with little opportunity to get out in the sun?
If the answer is yes, you might suffer from vitamin D deficiency which can lead to illnesses such as psoriasis, depression and much more.
While out paddle boarding you’ll get your dose of vitamin D which, turns out is really hard to get via food intake.
Being out in the ocean has a bonus benefit:
The salt in the air isn’t just good for your skin, but it can really help to clear out your lungs. If you have asthma, then this cardio filled activity could actually benefit you.
Pick up a paddle board and get yourself outside you’ll feel like a new person full of fresh sea air and vitamin D.
You’ll Lose Weight And Get Lean
So many times I’ve walked along the beach and watched people effortlessly paddling along, I thought “how hard can it be?”
Well, it turns out it can be pretty strenuous.
While paddle boarding you use pretty much every muscle in the body, just standing up you are engaging your legs, core and back muscles. And that’s before you even start moving!
And that’s not even the best bit:
Paddleboarding can outperform many sports due to using the four main elements for a full body work out:
You Become One With Nature
I know, I sound like a hippy!
But it is true, every time you go paddle boarding, you’ll be outside with nature feeling relaxed and stress-free.
There are so many beautiful places to see from the forest around a lake or dolphins in the sea. You will feel connected.
That’s not a bad thing, is it?
Everyone longs for the feeling of connection to something, its human nature so why not connect with the landscape and wildlife around you.
There you have all the benefits that come with paddle boarding.
What are you waiting for?
Pick up a paddle board and enter a new world of adventure, meet some new friends and get yourself healthy.
It’s ready for the taking, pick up a paddle board and enter your new world of excitement and adventure.
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