What is Stand-Up Paddleboarding?
Stand-up paddleboarding is a variation of surfing where the participant uses a larger surfboard to stand upright in the water while using a paddle to maneuver. The activity’s roots trace back to Hawaii and developed popularity in the modern age when people began using them to achieve a higher vantage point when taking pictures in the water. A good way to describe the activity is a cross between canoeing and surfing.
Does it Have Health Benefits?
- Improves Balance Through Strengthening of Stabilizer Muscles: The upright stance, required in paddle boarding, demands core stability and leg strength. This not only helps you to achieve excellent balance on the paddle board but translates over into daily activities also.
- Works the Entire Body: Another great aspect of this activity is that it practically engages the entire body at one point or another. Your leg muscles will be engaged the entire time, as they strive to keep you upright. Your arms, upper back and shoulder muscles are activated to propel you and the board through the water with the paddle. And your abdominal and lower back work to assist in maintaining your center of gravity.
- Acts as a Stress Reliever: Since paddle boarding is a water activity, you’ll be able to reap the soothing benefits that come from being in it. Participants can enjoy the soothing sounds and sights as they glide through the water and feel it’s rhythm underneath them.
- Strengthens the Cardiovascular System: The longer you spend out on the water, the greater the cardiovascular benefits will be. Not to mention, there is also the option of racing with friends, which provides a good way to get the heart rate up.
Where Can I Participate in This Activity?
If you’re interested in taking up paddleboarding this summer, check out Ramsey Lake in Sudbury. This large lake serves as the stomping grounds for numerous water-related activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and more!