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9 Reasons Why You Would Love To Pursue Paddle Boarding

Posted on April 20 2016

Paddle Boarding and its derivative Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) are fast becoming popular water sports. They are easier to pursue than sailing and offer plenty of benefits for both body and mind.

Traditionally, paddle boarding is enjoyed in oceans but SUP can be done on any water body – a local river, bay, lake or canal. It's the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends during vacations. Give it a try and you will feel better and stronger than you ever were!

Here are 9 reasons why you should opt for this outdoor activity wholeheartedly:

1. Experience a full body workout

It offers an intense body workout that involves every single muscle. Engaging in this type of water sport helps burn 400 calories or more in an hour as it offers the combined benefits of strength training, aerobics and cross-training. This sport also helps improve cardiovascular fitness because you have to constantly move your arms, shoulders and back to thrust the paddleboard. Eventually, the body becomes stronger and you will feel an increase in endurance.

2. Easy to learn

It doesn't take much time to learn the techniques. All you need to do is stand up and move your board with the paddle. It is less intimidating than surfing – you can quickly get back on your feet if you have a fall! It’s important to invest in an SUP board, SUP board covers, and loosefit rashguards to pursue the sport.

An SUP board cover will protect the board from sun exposure and overheating whereas a rashguard will defend your body against UV rays and possible critters that might sting or scratch you during paddle boarding.

3. A powerful stress buster

Aside from physical benefits, paddle boarding offers psychological benefits as well. As you slide your board along the water, the soothing sounds of water, the rhythm of strokes and the sensation of walking on the water relieve your body of stress. It inculcates a sense of pride within you and uplifts your confidence.

4. Helps improve balance

It requires you to engage your core at all times to maintain balance on board or else you might risk falling off. As you have to stand upright, your legs and core become stronger. Paddle boarding also improves focus, which will be helpful in performing day-to-day activities.

5. It is a sociable activity

Paddle boarding stands out among other water sports like surfing or waterskiing. You can chat with your friends paddling alongside or get a large board to accommodate kids. It's unlikely that you will ever get bored. You can also participate in expeditions, sprint races or skilled obstacle races.

6. Allows you to explore nature

It offers you an opportunity to discover nature and reconnect with your inner self. You will get closer to nature, feel the tranquility and see things in another viewpoint. The experience will re-awaken your innate sense and you will become a better individual!

7. It has a purifying effect on the body

Research has proven that water has a purifying effect on the body. Exposure to salty water can alleviate dermatitis and other skin conditions. The salty sea breeze is also known to clear your lungs. Paddle boarding in the sun boosts your body's ability to synthesize Vitamin D. Sunlight can also cure psoriases and acne, and improves the secretion of serotonin and melatonin that help regulate sleep cycles and mood.

8. You will want to explore the world

Once you become a self-sufficient paddler, you will begin to show keen interest in exploring places where you can showcase your paddling skills. You can check with operators that specialize in conducting paddle boarding adventures around the world. Some holidays are simply fun while other are aimed at fitness enthusiasts.

It is highly recommended to opt for a tour package that offers good lodging facilities and an expert team of instructors. If you are taking your family on an SUP holiday, select a destination that offers flat water paddling if you are taking your family along.

9. A great activity for all

It is a great activity for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. People love the sport! Newbies must start on their knees to get the feel for balance and movement. Once you feel comfortable, you can stand up on the board and paddle your way!

It is all about exploration. It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced paddler or a newbie (find unique surfing tips for beginners) – just make sure you have quality fun while pursuing your fitness and adventure goals!

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