Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) isn’t a new sport, but certainly has pushed itself into the limelight in the past several years. Why is it so popular? Apart from being a fun way to spend the day on the water, stand-up paddleboarding offers a full-body workout that is hard to achieve.
Let’s look at the 10 biggest benefits of SUP:
- Back to Nature – Let’s start with the obvious but sometimes forgotten positive mental effects of being out on the water. This calming activity gives you a chance to get away from land and enjoy nature from a different perspective.
- Chill Out – Gliding above the water as you settle into your paddling rhythm, you naturally can’t help but relax and de-stress. Couple that with the fact that exercise inherently decreases stress and you’ve got a winning combination.
- Find Your Balance – Walking on water isn’t easy so finding your feet on an SUP takes some time. Requiring leg strength and core stability to maintain balance, stand-up paddleboarding will get easier the more you do it and also increase your focus and balance in daily activities.
- Full Body Workout – Along with all the muscles required to keep yourself standing up and balanced on your board, you’re paddling! Pretty much every muscle in your body is engaged at some point while on an SUP.
- Pump It UP – You’re going to be sore after stand-up paddling, but that’s a good thing. You’re building up overall body strength. You’ll be handing out 2 tickets to the gun show in no time.
- All Day Long – Along with getting the muscles of a Greek God (or Goddess), you’re endurance levels will increase dramatically.
- Get Your Heart Pumping – Once you start mastering the technique, you’ll be motivated to paddle longer and faster. You can easily get your heart rate up as much as any cross-training whether running (boring!) or an expensive aerobics class at your local gym.
- Keep Your Heart Pumping – As mentioned above, stand-up paddleboarding offers a great aerobic workout. This translates to improved cardiovascular health and less risk of related diseases and complications like heart attacks and strokes.
- Low Impact – Unless you’re planning to take on big waves like these guys, riding an SUP is very low impact activity. You can get great exercise without doing damage to your tendons, ligaments, and joints.
- Relaxed Rehab – Combining all the positive attributes together makes stand-up paddleboarding an awesome activity for people entering rehabilitation from an injury.
If you haven’t already, give SUP riding a try. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have while getting an amazing workout!