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Paddle boarding is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. But did you know that paddle boarding also has some great health benefits? Here are a few of the ways paddle boarding can help you on your health journey:
Paddleboarding is a low-impact activity
Paddle boarding is a great way to get some low-impact cardio exercise. This means it's good for your heart and won't put too much strain on your joints. Low-impact cardio is often recommended for beginners, those new to exercise, or those with certain medical conditions. Which means, it's perfect for newbies to the sport. However, low- impact cardio can be beneficial for people of all fitness levels, especially when done regularly. Many of our customers add paddle boarding as an outdoor activity in conjunction with their indoor gym workouts.
Paddleboarding is a great way to get a full-body workout. You can burn lots of calories, and tone and strengthen your muscles, in particular your core, back, legs, hips and arms.
Paddleboarding improves your sense of balance and coordination. It forces you to maintain equilibrium in the face of waves, wind, or current, which makes it a terrific (and fun!) way to practice your balance. Speaking of balance, how about taking your yoga practice to the water for a different challenge?
Paddleboarding is a great way to relax and de-stress. Whether you're paddling on a calm lake or in the ocean, the peacefulness of being on the water is sure to help you relax and clear your mind. Imagine the feeling of paddling at sunset. The sun warming your skin as you glide through the water, the sound of the water rippling around you. Hitting the water after a busy work day is a chance to reset and recharge.
Soak up some sun and take in the fresh air. Is it starting to feel like you're spending more time inside than out? If you're feeling cooped up, it might be time to get some sun. Whether you choose to lay out or get a paddle in, just a few minutes of sunshine can boost your mood and give you a much-needed dose of vitamin D. However, if you do decide to spend a longer amount of time outside, don't forget the SPF!
Connect with nature. There's no denying that spending time in nature is good for you. Numerous studies have shown that heading to the great outdoors can improve your mental and physical health. And it's not just about getting some fresh air - research has shown that connecting with nature can help reduce stress, improve your mood, and even boost your immune system.
Make some new friends! If you're looking for a great way to meet new people and have some fun in the process, paddleboarding is perfect. There are many clubs and meetups and social paddles that you can join. For experienced paddlers, joining paddle board races will have you meeting other like-minded peeps for some friendly competition.
So next time you're looking for an activity to help you stay fit and healthy, give paddle boarding a try!