Paddleboarding, a.k.a. SUP, has been explained as a combination of kayaking and surfing. It is one of the fastest growing sports on water throughout the world. In fact, gear sales for paddle boarding have increased by around 200% over the past two years. You get a full-body workout with paddleboarding, improving your flexibility, balance, cardio fitness, and core strength with almost no impact. Plus, the sport gives you the benefit of enjoying nature out on the water, so it typically doesn’t even feel like exercise.
Even though you can get a total body workout with paddleboarding, anyone can try out the sport, regardless of their fitness level or age. Paddleboarding does not require waves to enjoy it, so beginners can find flat, calm waters to start out on. Mainstream America never really got into surfing since you must live by the ocean to enjoy it, but paddleboarding can be enjoyed on a river, lake, or ocean, so almost anyone can dissipate in the sport.
There are a few rules that you should follow if you want to paddleboard, though:
- The paddle blade should be planted fully into the water before you begin pulling. This rule applies every time you take a stroke. This will allow you to maximize your power and stabilize yourself better.
- When paddling, always stay in the ready position. In this position, your back is straight, your knees are slightly bent, in your feet are planted apart at shoulder width. This will help you balance and keep your core engaged as you paddle to help you avoid injuring your back.
- In all your strokes, use your core muscles. If you simply use your arms, you will become tired quickly. You have a greater power source at your core, allowing you to paddle longer and harder.
- Try to keep your board quiet. You will have more efficient paddling if your board is steady and not wobbly, so use your feet and legs to stay steady.