Here at FatStick HQ we believe Stand Up Paddleboarding has some amazing benefits to your health and wellbeing. As we know SUP is a very popular water sport which has been growing in popularity over the past few years. For some, it may seem like an intimidating sport, however after a lesson, it is actually quite easy to learn and can provide tons of benefits. Below, we are going to highlight some of our favourite benefits that paddle boarding can bring to new paddlers but also enthusiast.
1. Full body workout
Stand up paddle boarding is a full body workout that engages all your muscles, particularly those in your arms, shoulders, and core. Balancing on the board requires the use of your legs while using the paddle to move forward works your arms and shoulders. The constant movement also engages your core muscles, making it an excellent workout that (research has shown) can burn up to 500 calories per hour.
2. Low impact exercise
Unlike other high-impact sports such as running, jumping, or lifting weights, stand up paddle boarding is a low impact exercise that is easy on your joints. This makes it an excellent workout option for people with joint problems or those who are just starting their fitness journey.
3. Stress relief
Being out on the water and surrounded by nature can have a calming effect on the mind and body. Stand up paddle boarding provides an opportunity to disconnect from your daily routine and focus on the present moment. It is a great way to reduce stress levels and promotes overall mental well-being.
4. Cardiovascular health
Stand up paddle boarding is an aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up, improving your cardiovascular health. It also increases your oxygen intake, making your lungs work harder and improving their overall function.
5. Improves balance and coordination
Balancing on the board while paddling may seem like a daunting task, but it is an excellent way to improve your balance and coordination. Stand up paddle boarding requires you to constantly adjust your balance to stay upright, which can have a positive effect on your overall balance and coordination.
6. Fun and social activity
Stand up paddle boarding is a fun and social activity that can be enjoyed alone or with friends and family. It is a great way to bond with loved ones while enjoying the beauty of nature and the thrill of being out on the water.
In conclusion, stand up paddle boarding is a highly enjoyable and beneficial water sport that provides a full body workout, low impact exercise, stress relief, cardiovascular health, balance, and coordination improvement, and social activity. So, grab a board, become part of the FatStick Family, paddle, and head out on the water to experience the benefits of stand up paddle boarding for yourself.