The fitness aspect of Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the key underlying factors of why it gets so many people hooked. SUP offers a core and cardiovascular workout, because training on an unbalanced surface targets the muscles in the mid-section of our bodies (stomach and lower back), essentially joining our lower bodies to our upper bodies.
Big Wave Surfers were the first to realize the potential of this training. Now weekend warriors and families alike are able to keep in shape, have a ton of fun, as well as achieving new levels of core stability and stamina. SUP is great for training muscles to work in coordinated ways where the benefits are immediately transferable to other dynamic sports and activities.
Stand up paddling challenges many other components of fitness -, strength, endurance, co-ordination, flexibility and balance. If you have been looking for a low impact workout that gives you both a cardiovascular workout and gives you a functional core workout then stand up paddling could be the answer. Stand Up Paddling feels like you’re standing on an exercise ball, swimming and cycling all at the same time.
SUP is also a surprisingly demanding cardio workout relying on both your arms and legs for endurance and power. Stand Up Paddle boarding also activates the stabilizing muscles of the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders. This is why paddling a SUP board offers a truly functional core workout. Whether you’re a baby boomer, triathlete or just returning from injury Paddle boarding offers a fun challenging high intensity yet low impact stability workout. And the best part is you’re chasing waves not pounding the pavement or locked in a gym.
The new SUP’s are so light that you can easily carry one of the smaller models with the fingers of one hand. You can get away from the busy roads and explore creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, and the coastlines that are within a few hours drive of Kelowna.