Why Paddle Boarding Is Great Exercise For Women Over 50

By on March 2, 2020
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Stand up paddle boarding isn’t just for twenty-somethings! SUP is one of the fastest-growing water sports out there, and a big reason for that is just how accessible SUP is. You can enjoy SUP no matter your age, size, fitness level, or walk of life – and it’s way more fun than sweating it out at the gym. Here’s why you’ll love exercising with SUP.

SUP is easy on the joints.

Unlike high impact workouts like running or CrossFit, stand up paddleboarding gives your joints a much-needed break. SUP takes place on the water instead of hard pavement, so even during the most strenuous days on your board, your joints will be just fine. In fact, lots of former runners have transitioned over to SUP for that exact reason. If you love moving your body but just can’t handle slamming your knees into the pavement on morning jogs anymore, SUP is worth a shot.

SUP is easy to learn.

You can learn the basics of how to paddleboard within the span of a single day, even if you’ve never tried any water sports before. With a quick lesson, you can pick up basic paddle strokes (like moving forward, backward, and turning) as well as learn how to get on your board and stand upon it. Once you’ve got these steps down, you’ll have the tools you need to practice and work on your skills. As your skills grow, you can take on more challenging activities, like SUP touring, SUP surfing, or whitewater SUP. But if you’re happy with the basics, that’s perfectly fine too! The beauty of SUP is that a beginner’s skill level is more than enough expertise to enjoy your time out on the water and still get a quality workout.

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SUP burns lots of calories.

SUP is so much fun that you might forget that you’re exercising, but it’s a fantastic workout! Stand up paddleboarding is excellent for full-body fitness, and it works all kinds of muscles in your core, arms, and legs. Surfers even use SUP for cross-training, and time spent on your board can help build balance and flexibility. Because SUP can be combined with other activities like SUP yoga and SUP pilates, it offers enough variety for every fitness routine and interest.

So, just how many calories does paddle boarding burn? On average, you’ll burn about 330-460 calories an hour during a recreational SUP session. When you’re paddling on windy days, you might burn even more. If you try SUP surfing, you can burn anywhere between 620-735 calories, and SUP yoga can burn 415-540 calories. If you want to spend a long afternoon out on your board, you can try SUP touring for an average calorie burn of 615-708 calories per hour. Of course, SUP is also much more relaxing than your average cardio session at the gym. It’s a workout and a de-stress session all in one.

SUP offers a front-row seat to natural beauty.

The best part of any SUP session in the fresh air, wildlife, and natural scenery you’ll get to experience on your board. SUP takes place in the great outdoors, in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Who wouldn’t love a hobby that involves ocean views and the warmth of the sun on their face? Whether you SUP in a local lake, a winding river, or the Caribbean Sea, you’ll never tire of soaking up the sights and sounds of the natural world. Research has found that spending time by the water might help improve mental health. Since most of us spend the majority of our time indoors, spending time among wildlife is a welcome and refreshing change. Nature’s meditative and mood-lifting qualities just can’t be beaten.

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Why Paddle Boarding Is Great Exercise For Women Over 50