4 reasons you should start paddle boarding because, well… science
If you read our previous blog post, we gave you a few reasons why to bring a SUP on your next adventure – you can check it out here. Most of the reasons had to do with the experience of being on the water. A lot of people toss up between kayaking and paddle boarding, so we gave them a nudge in the right direction.
This week, we dig a little deeper to bring you the science behind why SUP just makes you feel better than its alternatives. Of course, it’s easy for us to be biased because SUP holds a dear place in our hearts, but with it’s growing popularity comes more resources to satisfy the rational mind, and that’s great when you need to butt heads with your kayaking friends.
This week is also about getting off land and off your butt – whether that be a sofa, bicycle or rowing machine. This is about an introduction to a lifestyle.
Athletes of all disciplines have caught on to the benefits of SUP. SUP riding requires balance and coordination that engages your entire body. It can’t be done well, or efficiently without using the grip on your toes, to the weight of your head, and they all at once communicate with one another. It can sound intimidating, but if you’ve never ridden a SUP before, you wouldn’t notice how much your body learnt until you got back to dry land, and felt how unnatural the stability of earth has become.
Core strength is a buzzword that gets thrown a lot, so for the sake of science and health, let’s break it down to what that means day to day. Your core is the foundation of all strength and stability, more so than your legs. Core strength is about balance, and we started to develop it crawling on our hands and knees as toddlers. A strong core benefits your breathing, posture, energy levels, diet, weight, even your voice and reaction times. A strong core has never been particularly easy or fun to develop, but SUP is just like crawling as a toddler, you go at your own pace, and when you’re ready to progress, it’ll come naturally to you.
There are few things that naturally benefit mental health and stress levels more than physical activity. One of them is pretty spiritual but it isn’t a tradition, a religion or creed, and it makes up a majority of what holds you together. Water. We know surprisingly little about the neurological effects that being in close proximity to water has on the brain, but we do know what we associate water with – restoration, exploration, healing, and life.
SUP has similar cardiovascular benefits to aerobic activities like running and cycling, but engages your entire body in a way that is low impact or better for your joints, and feels a whole lot like leisure, rather than work. A healthy cardiovascular system and heart reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and blood pressure problems. So it’s recommended to a wider range of people than its competitors. The worst that could happen is you may fall off board, which for most people on the water, is a welcome fault.
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