Most of us have had enough time on the ol’ Chesterfield lately and we know that is not good for our fitness. So with coronavirus lockdown still looming and dreams of getting outside again filling our heads, we thought we’d share these five ways you can build a healthier immune system with the world’s best sport, stand up paddle boarding.
5 Ways to a Healthier Immune System with Stand Up Paddle Boarding
One of the million or so reasons we love SUP for fitness is because it’s an incredible head-to-toe workout. Even if you’re the type to take it easy with a gentle paddle, you’re working nearly every muscle in your body. Best of all, SUP really works your core, which is exactly what we all need after too many weeks sitting around inside. A stronger core is good for spinal health, which affects your entire body, as well as your posture, breathing and blood flow. So when it comes to building muscle strength for better immunity, it’s hard to compete with a solid stand up paddle boarding routine.
#1: SUP Improves Muscle Strength
The other problem -- indeed, the biggest problem -- with too much time inside is too much food and flab. If you’ve somehow managed to wait out lockdown without gaining weight, we applaud you. If you’re like the rest of us, it’s time to work off some calories. Remember: swimsuit season is right around the corner! So let’s talk about some of the best ways to burn up those lockdown calories on your iSUP.
#2: SUP Will Burn Off those Chesterfield Calories
SUP SurfingSurfing on an iSUP is a high-octane activity and, in fact, the original intent for stand up paddle boarding. We wrote about the history of SUP a few months back and you can read that post here. You might be surprised to learn about the old school surfers and their contribution to stand up paddle boarding. If you’re a SUP surfer or thinking about giving it a try, you can expect some serious calorie burn. In about an hour of SUP surfing in a moderate surf, you can burn up to 750 calories. If poutine is your favorite lockdown food, then SUP surfing needs to be your favorite after-lockdown workout. (Only sort of kidding.)
SUP racing is catching on as a family-friendly way to SUP. Before lockdown, it was also becoming an increasingly popular team building activity or group outing. Mix it up with an obstacle course or scavenger hunt, and you’re guaranteed to have a blast. You’re also guaranteed to burn some calories. About 700 calories, to be precise.
SUP Yoga is another hot topic in the world of stand up paddle boarding. This, too, is fun for the family and great for some peaceful solo time.
When it comes to burning calories, SUP yoga can help you burn off approximately 400-to-500 calories in an hour.