The Benefits of Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)

July 19, 2022 | Sports, Summer, Wellness

Looking for a new activity to enjoy in order to make the most of these hot summer days? Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a fun, outdoor watersport that’s great for solo adventures or with friends. In addition, there are many benefits to SUP – read ahead to find out more.

Full body workout

Many of the muscle groups throughout your body are active at some point during paddleboarding. Due to the balance required, leg muscles will be hard at work stabilizing your center of gravity, while the arms, back, and shoulders are used to propel the paddleboard in the water. The core, back, and abdominal muscles are continuously working to maintain your balance. As well, through the paddling and twisting, your body is moving through functional movement patterns allowing it to work a greater number of muscles at once.

Low-impact exercise

SUP is a low-impact form of exercise, which means it’s easy on your joints and connective tissues. This also means that it is beneficial to athletes that experience knee or hip pain and want to engage in safe and effective cross-training. Because of its low-impact nature, it can assist with recovery from injury.

Improves balance

SUP involves holding an upright stance on the board, which demands a lot of core stability and leg strength to maintain balance. This means that you’ll be challenging both your core and leg muscular endurance to keep yourself balanced on the board. The more you practice paddle boarding, the better your balance will be both on and off the water! SUP develops your sense of stability, which helps in daily life as well as in other activities that require you to stay balanced, such as yoga.

Cardio workout

SUP is a great form of exercise for those targeting their cardiovascular fitness. This leads to an additional benefit of decreasing the likelihood of cardiovascular diseases. Since paddleboarding can be done at varying levels of intensity, you can make it as easy or as challenging as you want. The faster you paddle, the harder the heart and lungs work to get you moving!

Stress management

Exercise, especially when done in nature, is known to reduce stress. And there’s certainly a calming aspect to being out on the water. Getting into nature while engaging in an enjoyable activity can also help relax the mind while improving mood. 

With inspiration from this article and motivation to try standup paddleboarding in Ottawa, the Dows Lake Pavilion can help get you on the water! They have all the necessary information on their website, including rental hours and pricing. Click here to find out more. 

To ensure you are in the best paddling shape read our blog post from last month, and by visiting the healthcare professionals at CURAVITA Health Group. We also have injury prevention tips for summer water sports! If pain or injury is limiting your ability to participate in SUP or other activities you enjoy, contact our clinics to schedule an assessment with one of our physiotherapists, massage therapists, or chiropractors.

Stay safe out there with a life jacket, stay hydrated in the heat, and don’t forget the sunscreen!