Paddle Boarding and Fitness: A Perfect Match
Paddle boarding is indeed a great way to lose weight. With its full-body workout, it can help you burn calories, shed fat, and achieve a toned physique. The key is its ability to raise your heart rate similarly to aerobics or running, thereby increasing your metabolism and leading to weight loss. Check out some of our best trips and lessons here.
Is Paddleboarding Better Than The Gym?
Paddleboarding and gym workouts serve different purposes and it largely depends on your fitness goals. However, paddleboarding is an excellent alternative to traditional gym workouts. It’s a full-body workout that’s also low-impact, making it suitable for people of all fitness levels. Additionally, being outdoors and on the water can be a more enjoyable and refreshing experience compared to a gym setting. If you SUP in White Water you will add some strenght elements as well.
Understanding the Risks of Paddle Boarding
While paddleboarding is generally safe, there are risks to be aware of, especially for beginners. These include dehydration, sunburn, muscle strains or sprains, falling off the board, and potential encounters with aquatic life. However, most of these risks can be mitigated with proper preparation, technique, and safety equipment.
Does Paddle Boarding Burn Belly Fat?
While you can’t target belly fat exclusively (your body loses fat as a whole, not from specific areas), paddle boarding can indeed help reduce overall body fat, including belly fat. The activity involves a lot of core work which tones your abdominal muscles and can lead to a more defined midsection.
How Tiring is Paddle Boarding?
Paddleboarding can be as strenuous or as relaxing as you make it. A leisurely paddle can be a relaxing activity, while a more intensive session can be quite tiring. Factors such as your fitness level, paddling technique, and the water conditions can also influence how tiring the activity can be.
Muscles Worked During Paddle Boarding
Paddleboarding engages all major muscle groups, making it an effective total-body workout. It targets your core muscles and legs for balance, your back and shoulders for paddling, and even your arms and chest get a workout during more intense paddling or in choppy water. SUP Surfing or SUP Yoga are particularly good exercise.
Paddleboarding: A Boost for Mental Health
The mental health benefits of paddleboarding should not be underestimated. It connects you with nature. Moreover, the act of balancing on the board can be meditative and mindfulness-inducing, helping to reduce anxiety and improve overall mental wellbeing. If you regularly feel down or tired then paddleboarding can help contribute to reduced symptoms. You could go on a SUP trip and combine it with meeting new people.
Calories Burned During Two Hours of Paddle Boarding
The number of calories burned during paddleboarding obviously varies depending intensity level. However, on average, a person can burn between 305 to 430 calories per hour during a leisurely paddle. Therefore, during a two-hour session, you can expect to burn anywhere from 610 to 860 calories.
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I am Max, the co-founder and CEO of adventuro. We are on a mission to help you get into the sports you have always wanted to try, or develop in the sports you love, exploring new skills and locations. We do this by partnering with the best instructors, guides, and activity centres to get a great spread from beginner all the way to instructor training.
For too long, it has been way to confusing to find your next steps, or even to know where to start when getting into adventure sports. I am an experienced and/or qualified paraglider, skydiver, scuba diver, freediver, power boat driver, snowboarder, kitesurfer, kayaker, mountain biker, surfer, dirt biker, wakeboarder, and sailor.