Health Benefits of SUP
Maintain Physical Fitness
After a session on your SUP you’ll feel completely recharged. Your blood pressure will be lowered and your cholesterol level will be improved. SUP’ing is great for overall fitness levels. It’s a body workout without the work. SUP’ing counteracts all of the factors that can over time destroy your health.
Improve cardio-endurance, aerobic and an-aerobic
Men: SUP’ing is like a combination of running and weight training in one session. You get the physical exercise of paddling, which gets your heart rate going and offers you a cardio workout, and at the same you get the body sculpting element. This comes from balancing on the paddleboard which works all your core muscles and the muscle-toning paddling movements.
Women: SUP’ing is like a combination of cross training and Pilates in one session. You get the physical exercise of paddling, which gets your heart rate going and offers you a cardio workout, and at the same you get the body sculpting element. This comes from balancing on the paddleboard which works all your core muscles and the muscle-toning paddling movements.
Increased burning of fats and calories (500-1000) per hour
Men: Can lose up to 1000 calories from a one hour paddleboarding session
Women: Can lose up to 700 calories from a one hour paddleboarding session.
There are two types of workout you can get from SUP’ing one is the “slow and steady cardio” which burns fat. Paddle slowly and steadily for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The other type is the “calorie buster and metabolism builder” which is where you will paddle rigorously for 20 min-30 min.
Sculpting the body
SUP’ing sculpts the whole body from the tip to the toes. It’s low impact on the joints which means you can SUP regularly.
Posture correction and strengthening of all muscles
Overall posture comes from your core, infact the exact muscles which are used in SUP’ing. The stronger your core, the better your posture will be. Poor posture doesn’t only affect the way you look but also your health.
Rehabilitation of hip and shoulder injuries
Physiotherapists have started recommending paddleboarding for people with injuries as it’s really a “no-impact” sport that can strengthen your body. It’s specifically recommended for people with hip and shoulder injuries that find it hard to find other sports that they can do.
Isometic workout involves small, static muscle movements and contractions to work the body. Isometric workouts have been scientifically validated; they’re used in both pilates and yoga. They also form a major part of the SUP’ing workout. From the time you sit on the board, the isometric session has begun even without you noticing it. Once you stand up the workout ramps up to second gear and then when you start paddling the workout really kicks off. It is by combining the aerobic with the isometric workout that creates the whole beauty of SUP’ing and is what takes it to the next level.
Improve flexibility and balance
SUP’ing as an allover workout also helps your flexibility; you’ll be getting on and off your paddleboard. Once you’re up you’ll need to stay up. That involves developing your balance. The tougher your core muscles the better your balance will be.
This one speaks for itself. It’s best to do some exercise every day. SUP’ing is not dull, it’s not sweaty and it’s great fun so you’ll actually want to do it every day.