Is Stand Up Paddling Really Exercise?

May 01, 2018

Is Stand Up Paddling Really Exercise?

Stinger season is over. We can the enjoy water sports in the ocean again. Among the many water sports, stand up paddle boarding is becoming more popular each year. Like I arrived Townsville 4 years ago, you can only see few people paddling at the Strand. But you can see a lot of new faces join this sport.

So there is one question many people care about, besides enjoy the water and spend time with friends and family, will the SUP improve the fitness level?

How intense is the workout?

SUP can provide you with a very good overall workout. You use balance and strength in order to remain upright and propel yourself in the water. The level of intensity you'll experience will be dependent on your location and the speed you wish to travel. If you are paddling in the ocean and there are a lot of waves and an ocean current, or if you are paddling for racing, your workout will be intense. If you are simply drifting in relatively calm waters, it will be very low intensity and relaxing.

Core Benefits
Paddle boarding will provide you with a great core workout as well. Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point. For balancing, your leg muscles will be hard at work. In addition, paddling utilises the arms, back and shoulders to propel the paddle board in the water. The core, back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your balance.


Low Impact
It is unlikely that you will do damage to the tendons and ligaments of your joints when you are paddling. 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. SUP is particularly useful for runners that are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain. With this type of sport it is possible to use up a lot of calories without damaging your joints.

SUP Fitness Benefits
One of the clear benefits of SUP is the very fast and obvious improvement of the fitness level of its practitioners. It is a very good sport to engage in if you are cross-training since it uses almost all the muscles in the body. SUP is a form of simultaneous aerobic and strength training.


Health Benefits
There are numerous health benefits to paddle boarding and the best part is it will not cause any damage to your body while you enjoy them. The cardiovascular benefits are truly amazing. You will be able to substantially improve your level of cardio fitness. Of course this translates into many benefits for your body, including a decreased incidence of heart attack and stroke. In addition, you are going to burn 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. 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. 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. I have personally found that stand up paddling has always been an excellent coping method for dealing with stress. Once I get out on the water and start paddling, I can feel my body and mind relaxing as I get into the paddling rhythm.

Improve 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. The more you SUP the more your overall core balance will improve.