What is Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)?
Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP as it is affectionately called is becoming one of the fastest growing board sports all over the world. The paddle board is anywhere between 9 feet to 13 feet long. All paddle board paddles have a handle, a shaft, and a blade. The paddle is anywhere from 6 inches to 12 inches. A stand up paddle board is used in a similar way to a surfboard. The rider stands up on in the center of the board. The rider puts the blade of the handle in water to move the paddle board.
What are the Benefits of a SUP?
Paddle boarding uses your entire body and gets you up on your feet. It is beneficial physically and mentally. The physical benefits are fairly obvious, but many overlook the mental benefits it provides. It gets you out of your house and on the water. While the basics of paddle boarding are fairly simple, it can be difficult to become an expert at it. It takes time and practice, but it is worth it. You must first be able to balance yourself on the board, but in doing so, you become aware of your body and your movements. It helps you to slow down and breath. Being able to put yourself in this state of mind helps to elevate your mood, improves your focus and cognitive functioning.
What are the Short Term Benefits of SUP?
SUP uses your entire body, so you will work your back, core, legs and arms while paddle boarding. This is a low impact workout. That means you will not be doing high intensity exercises such as running or jumping. While you are working hard, this is gentle exercise and you will not be damaging your tendons or ligaments. Some athletes have used paddle boarding to help rehab after injuries. They can continue to work on strength without further damaging themselves. SUP helps you to learn better balance. You have to stabilize yourself on the paddle board using your leg and core muscles. This also helps you to maintain your focus throughout the day. You must also use your arms and shoulders to move the paddle to push the paddle board forward. This increases your heart rate and release nitric oxide. This causes your blood vessels to open more and more oxygen gets to your brain which helps all of your organs function better.
What are the Long Term Benefits of SUP?
Paddle boarding has many long term benefits, such as being part of a long term weight loss plan. Paddle boarding is exercise and can help burn fat. It will not make you skinny overnight, but when done regularly, it can be a part of a long term weight loss plan. Paddle boarding can help to lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Paddle boarding increases your heart rate and therefore it is similar to other cross training activities but is lower impact on your joints. In addition, SUP can help improve your endurance. It will improve the endurance of your breathing, as well as your muscles. You will notices you do not become as winded and that your muscles do not get tired as fast. It is also a great way to reduce stress. While on the paddle board, especially if you are a beginner, you must focus on breathing and movement. It encourages you to slow down and take in the peacefulness of your surroundings. Breathing is a great way to push out negative energy and focus on calming energy. Over time, this can help you feel more relaxed and less stressed. In general, paddle boarding is a fun activity, so you enjoy yourself while participating in it. Try SUP today and begin to feel all the benefits of it for yourself.
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