Paddleboarding: This Summer’s Hottest Activity!
by Autumn Pappas, Board Certified Health and Lifestyle Coach
“Water provides the fountain of youth, better skin, less cravings, more energy, better digestion, less headaches, a higher metabolism, better mood, and an ability to concentrate more; and that’s just from drinking it. Getting out and playing in a big ol’ body of it is a whole other ballgame.” -Anonymous
It’s hard to pinpoint when the sport of paddleboarding really began, but it undeniably has roots dating back thousands of years. Ancient cultures from South America to Africa used boards with a long stick to fish, travel, ride waves and even engage in war. The modern form of Stand Up Paddling, also known as SUP, has Polynesian ancestry and began in the 1950’s. Surf instructors and photographers would take paddles and stand on their boards to get a better view of surfers and incoming swells. Paddleboarding remained primarily a Hawaiian sport until 2004, when Vietnam vet Rick Thomas brought one back to California. The sport quickly caught on in the U.S., and then the influence circled the globe.
Stand up paddling requires a combination of strength and balance, but is also quite simple to do. It provides a full-body workout like swimming while targeting the core muscles. The intensity of the workout depends on many factors; the current, amount of waves, your effort and the environment all play roles. Light, recreational paddleboarding burns around 250 calories an hour; while more intense paddleboarding burns about 500. The sport has gotten great praise for its ability to calm the spirit, ease the mind and combat stress.
Health Coach Autumn (Want to be the healthiest happiest person you know? Sign up for a free 45 minute health consultation with me at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)
My article was just published in the Sept. Issue of the Port Ludlow Voice 🙂