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SUP Yoga and Other Types of Exercise

I can just hear you say … SUP Yoga and SUP Exercises, what’s next?

Well, if like many people (including myself) you just don’t like or don’t have time to join a gym, you now have a very nice alternative – take up Stand-Up Paddling (SUP).

Stand Up Paddle is an fantastic way to do a full body workout, as it will work almost every single muscle in your body. For example: - balancing on a SUP board helps to stabilize your muscles in the legs, and paddling strengthens your abs and back.

Depending on how hard you want to work-out, SUP can also be an intense cardiovascular workout, especially if you SUP in flowing waves. SUP is without a doubt, a great way to get fit without having to go to the gym, but most importantly, it is a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time.


SUP has virtually no negative impact on the knees, ankle and any of your joints. It is great for strengthening the muscles around weak joints too.

Stand up paddle boarding is becoming more and more popular with each passing year. People now engage in stand-up paddling to enjoy the water, spend time with friends, and to improve their fitness levels.




Want an Intense or a Low Impact Workout?

No problem! SUP can provide you with a very good overall workout. It is entirely up to you whether you want a high impact or low impact workout.

Either way, you will make use of balance and strength in order to remain upright and propel yourself in the water.

The level of intensity you will experience will be variable and be dependent on your location and water conditions. If you are paddling in the ocean and there are a lot of waves and an ocean current, your workout will be intense. If you are simply drifting in relatively placid flat waters, it can be quite a mild workout. It is all up to you how intense you want your workout to be.




Some of the Main SUP Exercising Benefits

  1. Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point.
  2. A large part of SUP skill is balance.
  3. Your leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to maintain your balance.
  4. In addition, paddling utilizes the arms, back, and shoulders to propel the paddleboard in the water.
  5. Your main back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your balance.
  6. An additional benefit that SUP provides is that it is a very low impact exercise.
  7. SUP is unlikely that it will do any damage to the tendons and ligaments of your joints. For example, if you lift weights in the gym or you engage in high impact sports, then your likelihood of injury is far higher than with stand-up paddling.
  8. SUP is particularly useful for runners that are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain.
  9. With SUP you can burn a lot of calories without damaging your joints.
  10. One of the main benefits of SUP is the very fast and obvious improvement of the fitness level of any of its practitioners.


Health Benefits

  1. There are numerous health benefits with SUP fitness training, and the best part is that it will not cause any damage to your body while you enjoy doing them.
  2. The cardiovascular benefits are truly amazing. You will be able to substantially improve your level of cardio fitness. Of course this translates into many other benefits for your body, including a decreased incidence of heart attack and stroke.
  3. In addition, you are going to consume a lot of calories. This will likely translate into a loss of weight. Most of us are aware of all of the adverse conditions that are associated with being overweight.
  4. You will reduce your chances of getting diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and joint problems by reducing your weight, and SUP can help you accomplish this.
  5. There is one more great benefit to be aware of… it is very relaxing and a great way to relieve stress. Stress, has countless adverse health consequences and negative effects on the body. Once you get out on the water and start paddling, you will literally feel your body and mind relaxing as you get into the paddling rhythm.
  6. Improving Your Balance - Many activities and sports require good balance. SUP will definitely improve your sense of balance as you try to stay upright while paddling. You may fall a lot when your first start out, but if you keep at it your overall core balance will great improve.


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SUP is an Alternative to Surf

SUP is a very good alternative for people who have difficulty or fear of surfing. You may have friends that surf, and you want to join the fun, but you are unable to. With SUP, you can still get out there and catch the waves and enjoy the surf with your friends.  Or you may have some health issues that make it difficult for you to surf. Once again SUP is a great alternative.


SUP Yoga

Because SUP can be used in flat water, numerous people are experiencing a new fitness activity to do on their boards - they are practicing yoga while paddling. Performing yoga while on a paddleboard adds an extra dimension of balance to the activity. This can be a lot of fun as well as very challenging for someone who is already an experienced practitioner of yoga.

In addition the ambiance that is associated with paddle boarding is far more pleasant and relaxing than being in a cramped gym or fitness studio. The sun and water will enhance the experience greatly.

A lot of individuals are undecided about whether to buy a SUP board or not. My advice is join a club, or go for lessons with a SUP Surf School, try it first, however be aware that most people once they become aware of all the benefits and joys that it has to offer, they end-up taking up this sport.


So, what are you waiting for? ... Give it a try ... You have nothing too loose!




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