Stand up paddle boarding as a sport started out in Hawaii as an offshoot of traditional surfing. Three years ago, it was reported to be the outdoor sporting event with the most first-time participants in the US for that year. As with any sport, it also comes with several health benefits, some of which we’ll discuss below.
You get a full body workout
This is one of the things that make stand up paddle boarding a great fitness exercise. Almost every muscle in your body is utilized at some point while you’re paddle boarding. For instance, your leg muscles work to stabilize your center of gravity while your arms, back and shoulders work at propelling yourself forward. And if you spend enough time on the paddleboard, you can even have a good cardio workout.
It’s an excellent stress buster
It’s common knowledge that any form of exercise can reduce stress. As we discussed above, SUP can give you a full body workout. And all this exercise releases a lot of endorphins that can bring down stress tremendously. Additionally, water soothes the body and can act as a natural relaxant.
It’s a low impact exercise
SUP isn’t exactly a picnic, but unlike certain sports, it’s not likely to damage the tendons and ligaments of your joints. In fact, it’s a useful sport to turn to if you suffer from knee and hip pains but still require some exercise to keep you going while you heal.