Learn To Paddleboard For Fitness
Learn to paddleboard for fitness if you're looking for a fun way to get and stay fit. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), or simply paddleboarding, is a sport growing in popularity and its cardiovascular aspect complements other sports, so do not be surprise if you meet a runner, skier or a mountain climber while you are out in the bay paddleboarding. You also need minimal equipment to start going and you can paddle anywhere, be it a lake, an ocean or river, and unlike surfing or bodyboarding, you do not need big waves to have fun.
Things you will need:
- A paddleboard
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
- Appropriate clothing
- Sunglasses if preferred
- Choose the right gear. Getting the proper equipment is an important aspect of any sport. As a beginner, you do not need to invest in the most expensive paddleboard, but you must choose the one that works best for you based on your size, budget and the frequency you paddleboard. When you are learning to paddleboard, stability is key so you do not fall off all the time. A wider, flatter board is more stable than a narrow one and the paddle should be between eight to ten inches taller your height.
- Find a buddy. It is always more fun to paddleboard with someone and definitely safer. Ask a friend to learn to paddleboard with you or if you prefer, paddleboard with someone who is more advanced to get invaluable lessons and tips coming from an experienced paddleboarder.
- Be safe. A paddleboard is classified as a vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard and must comply with attributed rules and regulations. A Personal Flotation Device or PFD, along with a whistle and a flashlight, are requirements when paddleboarding within a surfing, bathing or swimming area.
- Wear proper clothing. Paddleboarding has very minimal risk of injury and you can minimize that even more by wearing appropriate clothing, including sunscreen. Invest in a wetsuit if you are paddleboarding in cold weather. It will keep you warm and prevent hypothermia. During summer or warm weather, a regular bathing suit, shirt or a pair of shorts will suffice.
- Get your water right. As a beginner, you must first learn balance and paddleboarding basics. It is easier to steer your paddleboard and stay upright in flat water with light or no breeze, and in an area free from buoys and heavy boat traffic.
There is no age or height limit to paddleboarding. Once you learn the basic technique of standing with a straight back and lightly bent knees while still keeping your balance, you will be able to slowly paddle your way into fitness.