Stand Up Paddling
If you are looking for a new water sport that works your legs, core, and arms, then try stand up paddling. This ancient Hawaiian mode of transportation has become one of the newest water sport activities around the world.
Anyone Can Do It
People love to stand up paddle, especially on calm rivers and lakes. One of the best things about stand up paddling is that anyone can do it and it does not take much to get your body into great physical condition with this exercise.
What To Do
The stand up paddleboard looks like a surf board, but it is easier to stand on and stay balanced. You use a paddle to move the board. Where surf boards require active waves, the stand up paddle board can be done in calm water conditions. You get a better workout when the water is the calmest, because you will have to work harder to get farther down the river or along the side of the lake. But, if you stand up paddle on water with some movement, you will work harder to stay balanced on the board.
Yoga on Your SUP
If you want to increase the intensity of your workout, try practicing yoga on your stand up paddle board. When you want to strengthen any part of your yoga practice, you need to strengthen your core and using the stand up paddle board will help you accomplish that goal. Your yoga poses will become more intense and you will build strength, stamina, and balance by practicing even the simplest of poses. You must be mindful when you practice yoga on a stand up paddle board.
One of the best poses to do on the stand up paddle board is the downward facing dog pose and variation of it. This pose requires you to use your core, your arm strength and your leg strength. As you become more comfortable practicing yoga on your stand up paddle board, you can begin to do poses like the three-legged downward dog pose, warrior poses, and balancing poses like tree pose. You should be sure that you know how to swim before you attempt any yoga poses on your stand up board.
Where to Buy a SUP Board
Stand up paddle boards can be purchased at local retailers and on line. You should read reviews before you make a purchase, because they cost around $1000. Make sure that you find a stand up paddle board that can accommodate your weight. You might be lucky enough to find models that are on sale or yearend models on close out.
Magazines to Try
If you want to learn more about stand up paddle boards and all of the activities that you can on one of the boards, you can check out the Stand Up Surf Magazine at supsurfmag.com. There are tips for stand up paddle boards, races you can enter, schools you can visit when on vacation, and so much more. The Stand Up Surf Magazine