Five Reasons to Paddleboard

Five Reasons to Paddleboard

Paddleboarding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. It can also be a great way to improve your mental and physical health. Being on the water can help to clear your mind and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. It's also an excellent workout for your whole body, providing a low-impact cardio workout that can help to improve your overall fitness level. And, because paddleboarding is a relatively easy sport to learn, it's an excellent hobby for people of all ages and experience levels. So if you're looking for a new way to relax and stay fit, read on to hear more about the five reasons to paddleboard.

  • The mental health benefits. Following the pandemic, mental health is a growing global concern. We have all been impacted by Covid. Sometimes, on a floating paddleboard in the middle of nowhere, with nowhere to be, and nothing to think about, it can calm down and allow you peace of mind. Countless studies have proven that being near bodies of water reduces anxiety and depression. Numerous studies have also demonstrated that exercise is an excellent way to combat mental health problems and boost endorphins. Paddleboarding is a perfect way to combine the two and give your mind a much-needed break. I like to leave my phone in the car when I head out to the water. This ensures I am allowing my mind to switch off deadlines and anything else that could be causing stress.

  • The physical health benefits. While paddleboarding does wonders for our minds, it cannot be overlooked how beneficial this sport is to our bodies. The balance required to SUP means that we are constantly using our core to stay upright, and the twisting and turning as you paddle and steer is excellent for building this core strength. Advanced paddleboarders will have amazing core strength, so if you are keen to build up an impressive set of abs, this could be for you! Furthermore, paddleboarding is an excellent way to lose weight generally, as you are burning calories while constantly paddling. For most people, you can stay out there for as long as possible, improving your cardiovascular endurance and aerobic system. If you have suffered from an injury, the balance from standing up is an excellent way to strengthen your tendons and ligaments to support your recovery. Finding a way to lose weight that you genuinely enjoy will be far more effective than any crazy internet diet. For the simple logic, you will be able to maintain it and create healthier habits for longer.

  • You can meet other people. For a lot of people, the main attraction of learning a new hobby or sport is the idea of joining a group and making some new friends. While paddleboarding can undoubtedly be a solitary activity if you would prefer it to be, it also has a fantastic community. Like many water sports, paddleboarding attracts people interested in bettering themselves, often with their own campervan, and keenness for travel and exploring. Local SUP shops offer guided tours making it a great way to meet people and learn more about paddleboarding. Plus, you get to see some new places. There are also countless road trips and new adventures made available from paddleboarding. Finding a new group of friends to share these experiences with is incredibly rewarding.

  • It provides a chance to spend time in nature. In line with the above mentioned importance of prioritizing our mental health, spending time in nature is paramount. Improving issues such as seasonal depression and the serotonin we humans receive from the sun is undoubtedly vital to improving our mood and general outlook. It can be difficult to drag ourselves outside when we struggle to get out of bed. Still, if you plan a paddleboarding session, you are genuinely forced out and will always feel better. Not only this, but the opportunities to bird-watch while on your paddleboard are incredible. Depending on your area, you can get to know the local wildlife. Fish, crabs, turtles, you name it, there is plenty to see and enjoy. If you’re into photography, there is no better opportunity to snap pictures of gorgeous animals that you would rarely get any chance to catch up close. We must reconnect and spend time with nature and other animals; this is the ideal way.
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  • It is inclusive. Finally, and potentially most importantly, paddleboarding is inclusive. Your race, gender, background, or weight will not limit or prevent you from enjoying this sport. Unlike surfing, you can take a paddleboard anywhere, as you only need a large enough body of water. While it can be fun to plan trips and explore different places to paddleboard if you want to head out and practice, it is highly convenient to not feel limited in this way. You don’t need to wait for waves, worry too much about localism, or buy masses of inaccessible equipment; you can just grab your board and go.

  • Sports like this are essential to bringing people together because they encourage diversity across various backgrounds instead of inspiring elitism when only select people can join. Perhaps this is why paddleboarding communities are so friendly and welcoming and why it is growing with such rapid popularity worldwide.

    If you were not convinced before, I would be surprised if you are still unconvinced. Paddleboarding is an immensely peaceful and confidence-building sport that allows you time to reconnect and feel better. If unsure, try hiring a paddleboard and see for yourself. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

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