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Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

Health Benefits of Paddle Boarding

There is a new trend of water sports that is gaining immense popularity. Paddle boarding, or stand up paddle boarding, has been a fascinating sport to watch. Its ... read more history begins with Hawaiians using them as a recreational outlet as well as a form of transportation when the waves were not adequate to surf.

There are many that enjoy the benefits of being out in the water without the feeling of being beat up by the pounding of water while surfing or body boarding. Paddle boarding allows its participants to be out in the water, enjoying the serenity that only water can bring, while gaining an intense workout.

Requiring balance, upper body strength, and at times, a little perseverance, paddle boarding can be a pleasant alternative to conventional methods of exercise. To paddle board effectively, you will strengthen your core muscles, legs, and upper arms, and even your posture as you glide atop the water at either an intense, fast-pace or a leisurely stroll.

One of the main selling points on paddle boarding is that it is a low-impact sport. Low-impact means that your body will not be screaming in pain from unnecessary pounding, like running, skiing, or any other of the high intense sports or methods of exercise.

When combining both aerobic and strength training, paddle boarding will require an immense amount of balance, strengthening your abs and leg muscles. While also using your arms for momentum, paddle boarding will increase your heart rate; for you have total control of how intense or relaxed your workout will be.

While you are using many of the core parts of your body, it will aid in the burning of calories and the strengthening of muscles, which even has longer term benefits. Like any other sport or aerobic adventure, you may become sore at first. The more you adventure out on the water to paddle board, the stronger you will become and the immense health benefits will be prevalent.

A growing trend is also to incorporate other forms of exercise or muscle strengthening. Many have found it beneficial to combine paddle boarding and yoga, or any other form of meditation. Participants have found that the serenity of being out on the water greatly helps intensify the effects and benefits of these activities.

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Paddle Boarding: Learn How To Ride

Paddle Boarding: Learn How To Properly Ride A Stand-up Paddle Board (Video)

A video presentation on how to get on and ride a stand-up paddle board - Presented by Paddle Board Trainer ... read more



Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Marissa Nieves, and today I’m going to be doing something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, learn how to ride a stand-up paddle board. It looks like great fun and excellent reasons too. Michael from Paddle Trainer will be my instructor, and I just can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.

Now with any lesson, we always go through the basics on the beach first.

You can see Marissa learning how to stand up, how to hold the paddle nice and straight, and how to stand with knees slightly bent.

Now, we’re going to be getting an all-over body workout today, with the upper body, core, bottom and thigh areas being targeted.

In the water now, you can see Marissa paddling with good technique. Then she does a basic turn paddling backwards and swapping the paddle to the other side.

As she paddles off, you can see how she bends her knees and uses deeper paddle strokes to steer away from the beach.

Once a student is confident with the basics I normally get them to move around on the board so it can be more easily controlled.

Here you can see Marissa moving her feet in a surf stance then turning by paddling backwards with the paddle.

And here you can see Marissa really testing her balance further by moving in the surf stance and performing a turn by thinking the tile, paddling forward with the paddle.

She then moves up the board adjusts her stance again and turns in the shallow water before the beach.

Oh yeah, and everyone gets wet at some stage.

Stand up paddle boarding is such a great way to stay in shape. You can see Marissa smiling as her midsection gets a good workout. Let’s see what she has to say.

Well, as you can see we had a lot of fun out here today, and I got a really good workout as well. Honestly, it was my first time on a stand-up paddle board today. It was really easy. I’ve tried surfing before and it is definitely easy. It definitely is. Thanks to Michael at Paddle Trainer. I had a blast. And I’ll certainly be back.
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