Bored With Your Workout? Try Working Out on a Stand Up Paddleboard!
October 22, 2013
Hi everyone! Remember last Friday when I mentioned that I didn’t post on Thursday because I was still working on a graphic and the post was not ready to go, well I’ve completed the graphic and we are good to launch! I hope you like it.
Our second stop on our road trip was to Laguna Beach. I’ll do a full recap for you next week but while we were there we did a little bit of Stand Up Paddleboarding. I’ve mentioned before how much I love SUP and I’ve truly become a huge devotee in the short two years since my first paddle. My mom and I have been dying to get a SUP to keep up at the Cape because it is just so much fun AND it is a fantastic workout. We’ve had our eye on this one for awhile . .
· Improves your balance. Standing on a board floating on water creates an unstable base, which requires you to balance in order not to fall.
· Works your core. Not only does the rowing motion required to propel you through the water cause to contract and release your core muscles, balancing on the unstable surface of the board requires activation of core muscles.
· Works your upper body. Pushing the paddle through the water creates natural resistance causing you to engage upper body muscles.
· Burns calories. The number will vary on how hard you are working. For example, paddling through completely calm water versus battling large waves will dictate how many calories burned. But there is a definite burn factor here that I would estimate is around 250-300 calories an hour for myself (based on my height, weight, etc).
Of course you don’t need to use the paddleboard in the traditional manner to get a great workout. I put together this short routine while lounging on the beach (o.k. waiting for the 3-6 foot waves to calm down so I could get out!). It’s a combination of strength and stretch that can be performed on a paddleboard (or just on a flat surface if you are at home!). If you want to get really bananas you could do some of the moves on a BOSU ball to mimic the unstable surface of the paddleboard. I used my paddles for some of the moves but you could use a light body bar or broomstick or even some light handweights. Enjoy!
(PSSSSST…You can click here to get the *printable* PDF version!)
Readers, do you like watersports? Have you ever done a workout on a beach? Would you try SUP?
The graphic was worth the wait! And I’ve never done a full beach workout in or out of the water. I used to be a lifeguard, so I’ve definitely had my fair share of swimming workouts…but this looks so much more fun than laps of the front crawl in the beach or at a pool.
This looks so hard!! I worked at this camp over the summer and they had paddle boards for us to us, but I was too scared! I figured my balance is bad enough on solid ground!! Haha, but I’ve heard of yoga on paddle boards?? Crazy right?! But I mean if you can do it, more power to ya!! Looks like fun though! Maybe one day I’ll give it a try 🙂
I have wanted to try that for a while now. I took a few surfing lessons this summer when I was on vacation in Florida and loved it, unfortunatley I don’t think I’ll be surfing much in MA. But anyways stumbled across your blog and I love it cause your a fitness junkie like me!
I just discovered your blog and wanted you to know I am loving it. I find it very informative and inspirational. I’ve especially enjoyed the dance cardio videos. I have two left feet and zero rhythm, so I usually can’t follow a dance DVD. Although, I didn’t do everything perfectly, I was able to follow yours and have fun working out. Keep up the great work!
AHH I want to try SUP yoga so bad! My favourite local yoga has 3 studios in the Maritimes but unfortunately I don’t live in the province that offers it. I am making a point of going somewhere for SUP yoga next summer.