Standup paddle boarding is one of the most exciting activities—no doubt. The sound of water and the beautiful horizon can instantly brighten your mood. If you go with loved ones, their smiles and the sound of their laughter will warm your heart. These things are enough to get anyone paddle boarding.
But there is more…
The seemingly simple act of paddling has tons of health benefits. As you glide around leisurely, a lot is happening to your mind, heart and muscles.
Here are several reasons to make you SUP more often.
SUP as an aerobic exercise requires you to use more oxygen. Since it is a light- to moderate-intensity activity, you can do it for hours. During this time, your heart has to work harder to pump oxygen to muscles. Consequently, its capacity to use oxygen increases.
When you make this a habit, your heart will get “used to it”. It will be able to deliver more blood without beating too fast.
You will notice that you don’t have to struggle with breathing when jogging. In general, physical activities will become easier for you.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
The heart is a vital organ. If it is damaged or not working properly, your entire life will be disrupted. However, if things are working as they should, you will be healthy and happy.
When you SUP, you drastically reduce your chances of getting heart disease and high blood pressure. While paddling, unaware of what is happening in your heart, bad cholesterol levels are being reduced. At the same time, good cholesterol levels increase and your blood pressure is also lowered.
The result is a healthier heart. Anytime you go standup paddle boarding, create new challenges and join races. Your heart will thank you (not verbally, but you get the idea).
Helps with Balance
Do you remember your first time on a paddleboard? It is hard to forget that fun struggle. After many attempts, you finally learned to stand upright and paddle without falling.
What you may not know is that the process of attaining and maintaining balance comes with its own benefits. Your core and legs have to work a little harder for you to become stable. This stability training also has a positive effect on your ankles and joints.
If you are an athlete seeking to have better balancing skills, SUP is perfect for you. In addition to physical balance, you become more balanced mentally too.
Helps with Weight Control
Sometimes, you don’t need an intense activity to lose or manage your weight. Activities like SUP may be overlooked because they look simple.
This “easy” exercise, however, burns an average of 500 calories in an hour. Not many activities can match this.
What makes SUP a good weight loss exercise is the fact that you can do it effortlessly for several hours a day, four days a week. Imagine how many calories you will have burned at the end of the week. Even better, you don’t have to force yourself to go to the water. This is an exercise that you will always look forward to.
Be sure to adopt an all-around healthy lifestyle for mind blowing results.
It Is a Low Impact Activity
Everyone should perform some kind of physical activity daily for health reasons. The problem is that there are special groups of people that may not be able to do this. Think of the elderly, those with medical conditions and younger children.
While they can do activities like running, the weight-bearing nature of these sports may prove to be risky. They could get hurt.
Standup paddle boarding is considered low impact. It is gentle on every part of your body. People with weak bones can comfortably paddleboard without risking their health.
Note: If your condition is acute, consult with your doctor for specific instructions.
Great for Recovery
For people who are used to being physically active, injuries can be torturous. You have to sit around all day.
But what if there is something you can do to speed up recovery?
In addition to being a low impact exercise, standup paddle boarding makes you recover faster. You don’t need to do much. Get on your solid or inflatable paddle board and just do what you can. A little pain may be okay initially. Nonetheless, it is important to listen to your body and know when to stop.
With time, you will be able to do more without causing further harm. Strength in the affected area will start coming back gradually.
Improves Mental Health
Any activity that is done in nature promotes mental health. Scientific research shows that interacting with nature reduces mental distress and boosts happiness. It also improves school performance (for children), memory and cognitive functioning.
On top of that, paddle boarding, like any other physical exercise, reduces stress. It causes you to release hormones such as endorphins. They brighten your mood, make you relax and clear your head. Stress hormones are excreted when you exercise too.
Combining the benefits of being in nature with the benefits of exercising can have a tremendous effect on your mental health.
It’s a Full Body Workout
You don’t always get time to exercise. When you do, you want an activity that will use every muscle for great results.
SUP works every muscle you can think of. While paddling, you will occasionally turn your head from side to side, hence exercising your neck. The chest, back and arm muscles will be used in the paddling process. Twisting your torso with every stroke works your core muscles. These are used for balance as well.
Your thigh and leg muscles will be used for strength and balance. Though you may not know it, your toes also help with stability by “gripping” the board.
Standup paddle boarding is perfect—really. Once you get the hang of it, you won’t need any motivation to go to the water. It is an enjoyable sport that has amazing health benefits. Your stress levels will go down and so will your risk of developing lifestyle diseases. The activity is great for recovery and makes you fit. So, invite everyone you care about and create a little SUP movement!