God gave us the amazing gift of nature & the more time we spend in nature the more we understand his ways. This ultimately brings us closer to him and creates great Joy! There are so many ways to experience nature and one of the best ways is Stand Up Paddling or what most people refer to as SUP. Made popular in Hawaii during the 1940’s, Stand up Paddling was a way for people to get comfortable on a surf board. Throughout time the movement went from the islands and ocean to rivers and lakes. In the mid 90’s almost every recreational body of water offered stand up paddling along with wave runners, kayaks, and many other water vessels. People from all over the world are experiencing the water in this unique way. Even personal trainers and gyms are using stand up paddling as a way to keep physically active.
Here are just a few reasons Stand Up Paddling is for you!
This makes Stand Up Paddling easy to do and easy on the joints. Almost everyone can stand up paddle & you can do it anywhere there is a body of water nearby. Even swimming pools!
Stand up Paddling is a great way to unwind and relieve stress. The slow movement and quietness that surrounds you can do a lot for the weary soul! Being around water acts as a natural relaxant while helping your body release endorphins to lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
Being on the water is an incredible feeling. Being on the water with a view …. now that’s priceless. Stand Up Paddling allows you to experience bodies of water differently. Instead of being on a boat or jet ski, that goes fast and carries some noise with it, you’re quiet and get to feel the waves rush beneath you. You also can go to parts of the water that boats just don’t have the ability to get to & the views can be quite breathtaking!
Research shows that SUP is a full body workout. With your core engaged and endurance levels put to the test you are sure to burn the calories! According to Sup World Magazine just leisure paddles can burn an additional 350-400 calories per hour, while more intense paddling such as paddle yoga & paddle fit can help you burn up to 700 calories. It’s low impact and can be done with all different age groups and fitness levels.
Now where do I get started? There are many options available for beginners. I suggest taking at least 1 class to get comfortable on the Stand Up Paddle boards and get familiar with safe water practices. You don’t have to break the bank to get started either. You can rent a board for around $20 and classes range from $50-$100 per session depending on the level of detail you desire. You can find several different ways to get started. Go to your local Facebook page or Meet UP to find groups conveniently located close to you. You can always visit your local marina or visit the closest outdoor store to find out more information. If you’re hesitant, always ask yourself, “When is the last time I did something for the first time?” That is one of the most important questions you will ask yourself! It’s the new experiences that create excitement and change us for the better. If you’re not trying new things you will never allow yourself to grow. Give yourself permission to do something awesome, and never look back!