10 Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding

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10 Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding

Have you been struggling with motivation to exercise? Are you tired of the same old routines at your local gym? Maybe you haven’t been able to get back to the gym due to COVID restrictions and you’ve been struggling with how to get out and get active. That’s where Stand Up Paddelboarding can help! You may have heard about Stand Up Paddleboarding from a friend or family member, and they’ve probably told you about just how amazing it was. But “It’s such an amazing experience” doesn’t help you to fully understand all of the benefits that Stand Up Paddleboarding can provide. That’s why we’ve taken the time to break down in detail the top 10 benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding.

 

FUN AND ENJOYABLE

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle seems to be getting harder by the day. It takes a lot of discipline and commitment to attend a torturous gym class after a busy day. Gym memberships are also costly when considering getting private classes, specialized training, and other recurring costs. However, Stand Up Paddleboarding has shown that keeping fit can be enjoyable, exciting, and economical. It’s a great way to enjoy nature and exercise at the same time. Instead of doing the same thing over and over again, Stand Up Paddleboarding gives you a great way to break out of the monotony of working out indoors.

 

EXERCISES YOUR WHOLE BODY

 

It takes your entire body to use your SUP inflatable paddle board well. While you’re Paddleboarding, you’ll be working your back muscles, core, arms, legs, shoulders, and smaller muscle groups, offering you a whole body workout. As you try to stabilize yourself on the board in the water, your body will work hard to maintain balance. At the same time, you’ll use your arms and shoulders to move the board forward as you paddle. Your heart will beat a little faster and release nitric oxide. Your blood vessels will open, and increased oxygen will approach your brain. Stand Up Paddleboarding can help improve the function of many different parts of your body all at once.

 

HELPS IMPROVE BALANCE

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding requires a lot of balance to stand up on the board. You’ll be practicing both your core and leg strength to keep yourself balanced on the board. Having improved balance can improve your agility, reaction time, and overall physical performance in other activities and your daily life.

 

INCREASES CORE STRENGTH

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding engages your core muscles and builds abdominal strength and lean muscle tone while at the same time strengthening arms, legs, back, and shoulders. But why is it important to have a strong core? Your core helps protect your spine from injury. A strong core translates to better posture and less lower back pain.

 

ENHANCES JOINT STRENGTH

 

The dynamics of standing on a board with an element of instability from the water utilize muscles critical for balance and joint support in a way that no other recreational activity does. Joint strength is crucial for long term health and injury prevention throughout your whole body. Due to the constant exercise of standing on and paddling a Stand Up Paddleboard you will be giving your joints the kind of safe, fun exercise they need.

 

LOW-IMPACT WORKOUT

 

Generally speaking, Stand Up Paddleboarding is a low-impact workout, meaning it won’t do severe damage to your ligaments or tendons. However, this also means it’s beneficial to some athletes that experience knee or hip pain, as well as shin splints. Due to its low impact on your body, it can help you increase your strength or recover from injuries without doing any harm to your body.

 

BOOSTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding is an aerobic exercise. That means that Stand Up Paddleboarding can help lower your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack. Health experts have shown that aerobic exercise dramatically helps cardiovascular health and prevents a greater risk of relatable diseases.

 

INCREASED VITAMIN D

 

Paddle Boarding gets you outside in the sun, allowing your body to produce the vitamin D that so many people are deficient in from too much time indoors. Vitamin D is crucial for calcium production and strong bones, as well as peak mental functioning. Being outdoors in nature is the best natural way get more Vitamin D.

 

ACTIVITY FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding can be a great activity for the whole family or for a group of friends. Being in the natural world and complete control of the board means that you can go exploring with them for a great outdoor adventure. This kind of natural exploration is empowering. Additionally, just breathing in the air and being on the water with friends or family can be enough to get rid of negative energy. With those you love by your side and just your Stand Up Paddleboard paddle in hand, it is difficult to think about any of your worries and just be fully in the moment.

 

ASSISTS MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION

 

Paddleboarding is incredibly difficult to master, especially when you develop the ability to balance yourself on the paddleboard. This difficulty helps to heighten your awareness of every move you make while on your paddleboard. Psychologist researchers call this state of mind “flow,” which is ideal for meditation. Being in the “flow” state can offer you a wide range of health benefits, including improved mood, focus, and cognitive function. You can also experience better memory and improved creative and empathetic ability while in a “flow” state. From the time you put your inflatable paddleboard on the water and climb on top, you are entering a place where being in “flow” is integral to each trip on the water.

 

There’s so much more to Stand Up Paddleboarding than just doing the activity. Not only is it fun, but it’s a whole experience for your body to enjoy. Plus, it helps improve the current state of your mind and body in a calm and soothing environment on the water. So, why wait? It’s time to climb on your board and start Stand Up Paddleboarding today!

by SurfStar Staff

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