With the ability to burn up to 800 calories in one hour, it’s no wonder Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has skyrocketed in popularity and so has inflatable stand up paddle boards
The core of your body includes the stomach, lower back and upper thigh region. In other words it is your mid-section that essentially bridges the gap between your upper and lower body while providing foundational strength for the whole body. Unbalanced surfaces are highly effective for training or building up core muscles and so any sport that is dynamic and calls for a lot of stabilization automatically becomes an excellent core training activity.
The core muscles are what stabilize you and help grip the deck of the paddle board through your feet. Because that large and complex muscle group is being engaged the entire time one is on the board, paddle boarding gives immense core training benefits.
Tip # 1: Start With Lessons
Many Stand Up Paddlers, especially those who learned from scratch on their own, tend to advise hands-on experience to get better in the sport. However, the best way to get better at it fast and easy is to learn it from an expert through lessons.
One of the best things about attending Stand Up Paddle classes is that you will be taught everything you need to know about the sport without having to find out on your own. You will be undergoing physical exercises to help improve your leg and arm power, as well as helping you learn to balance your body to maneuver your board with ease. Also, these classes will give you in-depth knowledge on how to use your equipment to its full potential, as well as safety tips to avoid hurting yourself when you’re skimming through the water.
Tip # 2: Find Your Balance
Any Stand Up Paddler on the planet would tell you that finding your balance is very important for a successful Paddling experience. Outside your classes, you can practice your balance on a Paddle Board in your swimming pool (if it’s big enough) or you can do so on the beach. First, you need to find a position for your stand up position. There are three basic drills we like to use, 1) Feet together-eoes touching 2) Feet Crossed 3) Surfing position – but you need to make sure that you are well balanced before you attempt the surfing any swell to avoid getting wiped out.
Tip # 3: Know the Best Locations to Paddle
If you want to be an expert paddler then you need to try out to other locations than the local spot to really get into the spirit of the sport. It is normal for Paddlerss to go on a road trip to find the best Paddle spots for them to try out their skills. Besides, experience different Paddling grounds tend to add to the overall experience for your improvement.
Tip # 4: Safety First
The one of the most important Paddling tips is the one about your safety. That’s right; Stand Up paddling can be a dangerous sport, especially if you’re not familiar with the hazards and not knowledgeable of the steps to avoid it. For starters, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment, like your Paddle Board tied securely to your ankle with a leash, wearing a Personal floatation device, surveying the location for hidden sandbars, rocks, or shallow reefs that might result to accidents while Stand Up paddling. And of course if you’re up here in Townsville Crocodiles.
Safety Tip # 1: Always Warm Up First before Venturing Out
That’s right; the most common problem with Stand Up Paddle Board Surfing is getting a cramp while swimming after your board after getting thrown off your board or while you’re skimming through the waves. If you’re not careful then a simple muscle cramp on your arms or legs can drown you. This is why it is important to always do some warm up exercises and stretching before you attempt the waves. Do squats and stretch while you’re still on the beach to get your muscles ready for the task ahead. It might also be a good idea to do a little bit of bending exercises for added flexibility and to loosen up your joints.
Safety Tip # 2: Wear Something That Floats
An important requirement expected of a Stand Up paddler before challenging the waves or flatwater is that they should know how to swim in case they are thrown off their boards. Once you are thrown off, the first thing that should always come to mind is to swim back up and get your face out of the water. Extreme cases is what you are carried by the waves or current deep down into the water so you need to have the necessarily skills to propel yourself up before you run out of air or lose consciousness. If you’re not a good swimmer then you better wear something that floats, like life jacket.
Safety Tip # 3: Stay on the Flatwater.
It’s important to relax enjoy your time and experience on the water. You will pick Stand Up paddling up quicker than surfing. Stay in the river or flatwater until you are ready to move on. Relax and smile.
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