Fitness Solutions is an established Trusted Saskatoon Fitness Equipment store. We have the tools and the experience to make your fitness goals a reality.We are here every step of the way to guide and educate you through the process of finding the perfect piece of equipment to make it happen. In our latest article we share our love for SUP’s - aka Stand Up Paddle Boards
Whats Up with SUP’s
Paddle boarding is a unique activity for your entire body. Not only is it lots of fun, but it’s beneficial to your own personal health & wellbeing. In our latest fitness article we share the benefits of SUP’ing, there’s more to paddle boarding that meets the eye. We will also share the SUP options we have in store at Fitness Solutions in Saskatoon.
1. GETS YOU UP ON YOUR FEET
One of the greatest advantages of paddle boarding is that it gets you outside , onto the water and on your feet. This alone helps maintain both your body and mind. Most people only focus on the physical aspects of this activity, but it’s incredibly beneficial to a variety of other health aspects as well.
2. HELPS WITH BALANCE
Paddle boarding requires a lot of balance to stand up on the board. This means that you’ll be practicing both your core and leg strength to keep yourself balanced on the board.
3. REDUCES STRESS LEVELS
Paddle boarding can be a great stress reliever due to the sedative nature of the water around you and the ability to make the action all about you. Not to mention, falling off the board can give you a serious adrenaline rush to push off any stressful feelings.
4. EXERCISES THE WHOLE BODY
Stand up paddle boarding did not start as a sport. Some say it was used by Hawaiian surf instructors to move around as they attended to learners in the water. Everything about this activity is amazing and makes people want to try it. Believe it or not, it takes your entire body to use your SUP board well. This means that while you’re paddle boarding, you’ll be working your back muscles, core, arms, legs, shoulders, and torso, offering you a whole body workout.
As you try to stabilize yourself from gravity, your body will work hard to maintain balance. At the same time, you’ll use your arms and shoulders to move the stand up paddleboard paddle forward, as your heart beats faster and releases nitric oxide. Your blood vessels will open and increased oxygen will approach your brain, improving the function of nearly every organ in your body.
5. LOW-IMPACT WORKOUT
Generally speaking, paddle boarding is a low-impact workout, meaning it can’t do serious damage to your ligaments or tendons. However, this also means it’s beneficial to anyone who experiences knee or hip pain, as well as shin splints. SUP’ing can help you increase your strength or recover from injuries, without doing any harm to your body.
6. HELPS WITH LOSING WEIGHT
If you are looking to slim down, you should look to paddle boarding to help with your weight loss goals. Studies have shown that paddle boarding can help lower your body fat. Plus, paddle boarding is generally a fun type of exercise to actively take part in.
7. BOOSTS CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Paddle boarding can help lower your risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack, according to iSupWorld.com. This is because paddle boarding is similar to cross-training, running, and aerobics, all which greatly help cardiovascular health and prevent a greater risk of relatable diseases.
8. MEDITATION WHILE YOU PADDLE
At the beginning you may find Paddle boarding difficult to master, especially when you are just developing the ability to balance on the board itself. This also helps heighten your awareness of every move you make while on your paddle board. Psychologist researchers determine this state of mind as “flow,” which is ideal for Zen Meditation.
However, being in this “flow” state of mind can offer you a wide range of health benefits, including improved mood, focus, and cognitive function. You can also experience better memory, and improved creative and empathetic ability.
9. BOOSTS VITAMIN D LEVELS
This benefit is very important, especially, if you don’t get the opportunity to be out in the sun much. After our long winters in Saskatchewan we look forward to getting some sunshine. As long as you are wearing waterproof sunscreen this is good for you since it boosts your vitamin D levels.
We think you will agree, there’s so much more to paddle boarding than just doing the activity. Not only is it fun and great exercise, it also helps improve the current state of your mind and body in a calm and soothing environment on the water.
When looking for StandUp Paddle Boards, Fitness Solutions takes the time and asks you questions and goes through all the details, to find the perfect Paddle Board for you. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to climb on your board and start paddle boarding today!
At Fitness Solutions we have the tools and the experience to make your fitness goals a reality. Whether it's a treadmill, free weights, racks, elliptical, yoga mat, or paddleboard, we are here every step of the way to guide and educate you through the process of finding the perfect piece of equipment to make it happen.
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