Stand up paddling can keep you fit, healthy and active.
Your circulatory system, core, upper and lower body muscle groups all benefit. Aside from that, it is just plain fun to get out there on the water and paddle your SUP board in the surf, on a calm lake or a turbulent river!
If you are trying to re-create that 6 pack ab, beach body look you had when you were younger, this sport can help you achieve that as well.
Before you get started though, you need to exercise properly.
What appears to be a peaceful paddle can actually be an intense test of your physical ability.
SUP exercises like the squat, Codman’s pendulum, the pretzel twist and the plank do a great job of getting your body in the proper condition for paddle boarding. The basic push-up is excellent as well.
SUP Basic Exercise #5 – Push-Ups
What could be simpler than a traditional push-up?
You probably do not have to be instructed how to perform this globally recognizable exercise. Even those in very poor physical shape can usually manage 1 or 2 push-ups.
The benefits to your body are perfect for complementing paddle boarding.
Lie face down on your board or on the floor.
Slowly rise up onto your toes.
Work your hands out to your sides, palms face down. Your palms should be located just outside or directly underneath your shoulders.
Push up slowly, extending and strengthening your arms.
Hold at the top, then slowly return to the prone position.
Push-ups are great exercises for your shoulders, arms and upper body. Since the paddling movement which you will be continually repeating on your SUP requires that those muscle groups are strong, push-ups are perfect for getting you ready to hit the water on your board.
You can also derive excellent core benefits from push-ups if you contract and compress your stomach as you are performing them.
If you are just getting started, feel free to balance on your knees rather than your toes.
Build up so you can do several repetitions, and practice this simple exercise only after warming up and stretching first.
If you find classic push-ups too easy (or too hard), there are basically hundreds of other push-up variations that can give you either an easier or more challenging workout.
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Core fitness is essential for the SUP enthusiast. From getting aboard to bailing out, every action requires strength and balance.
Take out time every day to strengthen your core muscles to prevent injury. Plus, you’ll look like a million bucks on with your ripped core and toned muscles!