Let’s take a moment and admit that the present time’s lifestyle is all about being healthy, and that primarily includes exercising. Nowadays, more than ever, everyone is aware of how important it is to exercise; it’s the only thing that’s getting between you and ungraceful fast aging (of course there are other factors like genetics; duh). I’m not saying that aging is bad; not at all! But since we are all going to age, why not do it with style?
Standup paddle boarding is a water sport that managed to capture the attention of a huge number of water enthusiasts who are interested in different activities and who have distinct interests. This sport is extremely affordable, easy to pick up, and it is absolutely convenient for all riders from different age ranges. And like any other sport, stand up paddle boarding has quite a handful of health benefits along with the fact that it’s a great recreation activity.
1- Direct Interaction with Nature
To start with, stand up paddle boarding allows you to have this direct interaction with nature which is scientifically proven to help you feel healthier. Once you start paddling, you’ll be exposing yourself to the sunlight which our bodies need to generate vitamin D.
Also, if you’re to take your board to the beach, you will make use of the seawater that is known for its amazing purifying effect on the body and skin thanks to the natural salt it contains.
2- Reduces Stress
Next, I think that most of us need a space to release their stress, and stand up paddle boarding is the greatest I could think of. It’s a fact that exercise is one of the best ways to push out anxiety and negative feelings.
With any form of exercising, your body will release the hormones responsible for feeling good and happy (mostly endorphins), thus, and given all the natural circumstances surrounding you while stand up paddle boarding, you’ll notice that you’re feeling lighter once you pack your board and head home.
You’ll also get a better sleep with less stress since you have used a good deal of energy out there on the water.
3- Improving Your Balance
One other thing that stand up paddle boarding will do it to improve your balance. If it’s your first time trying this sport, you may struggle a little at the beginning, but I can tell you this; it’ll take you no time to get a grasp of it all, as you’ll also never forget how to do it especially with a little practice and dedication.
With time, you’ll notice that your body as a whole is way balanced even when you’re off water.
4- Full Body Workout
Let’s get serious now. Stand up paddle boarding is a sport that’ll allow you to maintain a whole body workout; yes, no kidding. While paddling, you are using almost every muscle in your body starting with your legs; they are going to be tense and firm the whole time to keep you balanced, and to guarantee you a full control over the board.
Also, which is pretty obvious, your upper body will be getting the most of it; the arms, back and shoulders are used to propel the board in the water, while the core, back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your balance just like your legs.
5- Low Impact
Yet, stand up paddle boarding is considered to be a low impact exercise because you won’t be suffering any side effects or pain on the level of your body joints or muscles. Moreover, you might even find some people who would recommend stand up paddle boarding for runners and cyclist who are taking a pause to heal from an injury or joints pains.
6- Keeps You Lean & Fit
Further, it’s also a great sport choice for anyone who wants to keep lean and fit in general. You’ll be burning a value of 400-500 calories per hour which will surely keep your body in good shape. You might even start losing weight if you make it a ritual to paddle board two or three times a week.
Now, yoga enthusiasts should be really happy with everything stand up paddle boarding has to offer. A large number of brands, if not all of them, make sure to build personalized boards to answer all of our different needs; racing, touring, wave/river riding and of course yoga.
Yoga boosts the flexibility and inner peace of your brain and body, and what better way to do it with style than doing it on the water with one of those great thick inflatable paddle boards. However, you might need to know the following; water yoga is quite challenging; you got to be willing to put a great deal of strength and dedication into it.
8- Better and Subtle State of Mind
Furthermore, yoga means meditation, and meditation means a better and subtle state of mind which will directly affect your mood and body. Stand up paddle boarding requires a certain level of concentration that is sure going to increase with time, resulting in a better mood control and body and brain function.
A lot of people would even go and suggest that stand up paddle boarding will bring out and support your creative persona, and also improve you your memory which is nothing new to any form of exercising.
9- Better Cardiovascular Health
All of what’ve been mentioned above is guaranteed to lead to better heart condition and blood circulation; to be constantly on the move in never a bad thing, it’ll actually prevent any future heart attacks or strokes. Given all of the positive aspects stand up paddle boarding can offer us, one should really consider trying it.
10- It’s Fun
I could go on and on with this article, because honestly there is much more to stand up paddle boarding. Needn’t mention the features and options that are part of almost every iSUP, and which are meant to make the whole paddling experience a fun, practical and healthy one.
The Activity alone screams that it’s a must try; it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends, as it has also proven to be affordable and convenient for anyone who is interested.