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Why SUP works for everyone who wants to get fit

8 february 2018

Stand up paddling as work out

Stand Up Paddling is a modern form of strength/cardio training in order to maintain or start shapening your fitness body, to build some muscle and shape your body in its best form. Next to eating healthy and being active, SUP is a great addition or start of an active lifestyle. There are different ways to train on a SUP, but 'normal' Stand Up Paddling and yoga are by far the most popular ones. We explain you why SUP is a perfect addition to an active lifestyle.
 

PART 1 WORK OUT: STAND UP PADDLING


Why SUP gets you fit in no-time?

1. Work out anywhere!
Go inflatable and travel wherever you want. Jobe inflatable SUPs come in a complete package to easily carry anywhere and to bring with you in a airplain or car. Easily unpack, pump and go on the water. In other words: no more excuses.

2. Work out anytime.
Work out anytime! The water is your own private outdoor gym. But without the pricy membership, sweaty fanatics in your private zone and lousy air conditioning. Work-out any time you want: enjoy golden sunsets or –rises or be an adventurous night owl and stow a tent under the bungee cords. You are no longer bound to the hours a normal gym is open.
 
3. Burn those calories 
SUP is a serious full-body work-out, which can easily be combined with cardio on the land. No matter if you want to speed up and go on a Neva 12.6, or perform some yoga on our 10.6 yoga boards. It’s up to you. Embrace the amplifying and healing power of water and try some yoga – excersises. The calming sounds of water make you even more focused on your breath. If you just prefer to SUP instead of sitting cross-legged and ‘huummm’, you don’t have to worry not getting paid for your hard work. With one hour of paddling you burn a lot of calories, due to extra focus on your balance and the simple fact that you use almost all your muscles. 

 

4. Recharge your battery
A re-charged battery keeps you going! We know it’s tempting to snuggle away at home, under a warm blanket, when you’re tired. But although you might think this will reload your battery; in the end it de-energizes you and only makes it harder to start exercising again. Exercising outside even re-charges your battery faster than any other activity, and when you come home and to take that hot shower you deserved so much, you will feel like reborn.

5. Don't be scared.
Compared with SUP-yoga, with Stand Up Paddling it is very unlikely you fall in. Therefore, you don't have to change which makes it easy to work out anytime, everywhere. Because it still is a work-out, you might get a little sweaty though. We prefer normal, casual and light quick'drying sportclothes. For the 'I don't believe you still scared' beginners under us, a rule of the thumb is: the wider the board, the more stable you stand. On the other hand, the narrower the board, the less stable but the faster the board. 

PART 2 WORK OUT: YOGA SUP


Why YOGA-SUP?

Instead of practicing in a studio, flows & poses are done on a paddle board on the water. What type of yoga you prefer is dependent of your flow the given day. Explore yoga-websites or subsribe for a SUP-yoga lesson in the neighbourhood to find out which form of yoga suits you.

1. It’s truly a full-body experience.


You'll work your legs, your feet and your arms. Your feet are your central connection to your board, so think about your feet as your roots. You engage your legs for even more stability, so make sure to put a slight bend in the knees, and avoid stiffening up the lower half of your body. Don't think to much. The act of paddling comes from the core but you use your arms to create moment with every paddle stroke.

2. Stand-up paddleboarding is for beginners and pro's

Start with the beginning, if you've never been on a stand-up paddleboard, don’t be discouraged. Paddle boards are extremely stable and we've built for you to balance on them: try the Lena. Your instructor will know how to get you up on the board and show you the proper ways to paddle for momentum, how to stop, and how to turn.

3. You'll work your core more than on the ground

Expect to engage your core! Your abdominals and therefore your core is superimportant for proper paddling and avoiding any discomfort in your lower back. Tight these muscles the whole time, on the water is this harder than on the ground. By engaging the muscular energy in your core, you'll not only tone your muscles but will develop a lean body and strengthen your muscles.

4. It's relaxing.

Savasana, or corpse pose - lay on your back with your palms to the sky - on the paddleboard will be the best savasana of your life! Ending on your board in savasana on the stand-up paddleboard is nothing short of amazing. Imagine, for a moment, lying quietly on your back, floating with movement on the water with fingers dangling in the water and a warm breeze brushing over your body as you listen to your waves.

5. Don't be scared.

Expect to fall in! Why? Because we have the opportunity to play, and with playfulness comes the ability to let go of our fears and try something daring. The great part about falling in the water is... REFRESHING. Stand up Paddle Yoga is yoga that is practiced on a stand up paddleboard. 



 
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