Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) has become increasingly popular over the last few years, even though it has been around for nearly fifty years. It is an excellent way to build a healthy physique utilising your core muscles groups, glutes and legs, all while you are catching some waves, enjoying the sun and scenery and having fun with friends.
Where Did it all Begin?
Paddle Boarding is rumoured to have started as an ancient Hawaiian ritual. Now although it did originate from Hawaii, it did not take hold until the early 1960s when the Beach Boys of Waikiki would stand on their long boards with a paddle to take pictures of tourists learning to surf. Hence, Stand Up Paddle boarding also became known as "Beach Boy Surfing".
This sport and leisure activity has become increasingly popular for a vast demographic of people. Not only are celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Pierce Brosnan making this sport famous, but it has become increasingly popular with athletes and the health conscious due to its incredible workout of the body's core.
A Full Body Workout
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is incredibly demanding on the body. You are engaging many of your major muscle groups at the same time as you use your arms and back to propel yourself forward on a heavy board. In this initial stage, gaining flexibility in your hips, glutes, quads, lower back and hamstrings is crucial when remaining in a crouched position for extended periods of time. Once you have built up the strength in your shoulders, triceps and lats while working on your flexibility, you then need to ensure you work on your cardiovascular endurance if you wish to develop yourself in this sport and leisure activity.
Tips to get started
Here are a few tips to get you on the right track when attempting Stand Up Paddle Boarding for the first time.
• Don't try and stand up straight away. There is plenty of time to stand and you will be surprised how quickly you will get comfortable with it. Start kneeling and get a feel for your balance and the water, waves and currents as they come under the board.
• Once you feel comfortable, lay the paddle across the deck and slowly ease yourself up (you will increase your pace as you practice this movement).
• Stand facing forward with your feet firmly planted at shoulder width with your knees slightly bent to bring your centre of gravity lower.
• Relax and jiggle the board beneath your feet to feel the movement of the board on the water and to test your balance.
• Now start getting used to the paddle. Hold it out in front of you at arm's length with arms straight and rotate your body rather than your arms.
• Keep your head up and looking forward toward your destination. Try not to look down.
• Keep an eye on your intended destination and if needed you can change paddling sides to alter your direction.
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