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Bored With Your Workout? Try Working Out on a Stand Up Paddleboard!

  • October 22, 2013
  • By Brittany
  • 33 Comments
Bored With Your Workout? Try Working Out on a Stand Up Paddleboard!

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 . .

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Here are a few of the benefits: 

ยท         Improves your balance. Standing on a board floating on water creates an unstable base, which requires you to balance in order not to fall.

ยท         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.

ยท         Works your upper body.  Pushing the paddle through the water creates natural resistance causing you to engage upper body muscles.

ยท         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!

 SUP Pinnable

(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?

By Brittany, October 22, 2013
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33 Comments
  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    October 22, 2013

    I did SUP when I was in Hawaii and loved it! Not really an option in Toronto though ๐Ÿ™ Guess that’s just another excuse to go back to Hawaii ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nikki @ Nikki Rae Ink
    October 22, 2013

    I love SUP. I’ve only done it once but it is so peaceful. It felt like something I would want to do every weekend as the sun rises.

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      It is really great isn’t it? The only problem with Laguna was that the waves were huge and it was hard to get out-not so peaceful but still fun.

  • Kimberly
    October 22, 2013

    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.

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      Thanks Kim! It is definitely more fun than just swimming laps. It actually reminds me of the lifesavers in Australia because they do all kinds of crazy beach workouts!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    October 22, 2013

    You know I love SUP! It’s so much fun. I hope I get to do it on my honeymoon which I hope will be in Maui! Don’t want to jinx anything though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      Oh yay! Maui will be amazing. Plenty of opportunities for SUP. We say turtles when we did SUP off Maui and dolphins SUPing off Lanai!

  • Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com
    October 22, 2013

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      I’ve seen photos of people doing headstands on paddleboards in the water. That is crazy. But the worse is you fall off into the water. Softer than ground!

  • Allie
    October 22, 2013

    Oh I want to do this so badly!! I never made it to SUP over the summer and now that winter is almost here I’m afraid I’ll have to wait months!! Love the workout and the graphic. You rock!!

  • Elise @ 9toFit.com
    October 22, 2013

    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!

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      Hi Elise! Welcome! I’ll have to check out your blog too. I’m originally from MA. I went surfing there once on Nantucket but that’s not super convenient. You can definitely SUP there though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen Bee
    October 22, 2013

    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!

    • FitBritt
      October 22, 2013

      Hi Karen! So glad you like the videos! The most important thing is to keep moving and not worry too much about the technical steps. It’s all about having fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    October 22, 2013

    I would totally try it! Was this on shark tank? I remember seeing something like this on there once. Off to pin! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Carla
    October 22, 2013

    Great workout! I just had to pin it. I’ve so been wanting to try SUPing! It seems like so much fun. The workout would definitely help to prepare you for it.

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    October 22, 2013

    This is AWESOME! I so want to try SUP…it looks like a blast!

  • Nicole
    October 22, 2013

    How cute are you with this workout graphic?! Love it. I’ve never tried SUP before, but definitely would like to!

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    October 23, 2013

    I have always wanted to try SUP! I live in almost the perfect place for it so I really don’t have am excuse not to do it!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    October 23, 2013

    The graphic is FANTASTIC! Definetly pinning. This looks fun for at home, I’d be chicken to do it in the water ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More
    October 23, 2013

    I would love to try SUP sometime!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    October 23, 2013

    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.

    PS Great graphics!

  • Holly
    October 25, 2013

    HI Britt, Great post. Love SUP–what is a good, lightweight board and a good price? I think that I workout on the beach–light workouts–just because I am there so much of the time!

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