The weather is starting to warm up here in Australia and whilst we know that somewhere in the world it is summer, we are starting to adventure outdoors and get back into our summer fitness regime. We always love to find a way to combine summer and fitness. For a while now we have had a slight obsession with Stand Up Paddle Boarding!
Now I get those who are hesitant to jump on this band wagon…why wouldn’t you just surf instead huh? We do love to surf don’t get us wrong, but Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as it commonly called, lets you take in all the summer sights along the way. It is the perfect combination of core strength, endurance cardio and summer fun. All the benefits of regular exercise without actually feeling like exercise.
An SUP workout can vary from level entry on a very calm flat water bay, to riding the big waves out with the surfers or a mixture of both. All of which work your core and challenge both your cardio and endurance strength. If you are really keen there is a new combo of Yoga and SUP. Yep. Yoga on a paddle board. Taking balance to a whole new level.
For me, I enjoy a good paddle board session on a calm day. There is nothing like paddling out, crystal clear aqua water beneath me, sun shining down and all the while my abs and core are getting a workout. Obviously with all the summer vibes surrounding me, I am always too distracted to realise that I am actually working out. Plus if I get tired, I can simply stop, relax, lay down on the board and catch a tan. MY KIND OF EXERCISE!
So change up your exercise routine this summer and go and grab yourself an SUP. If you don’t want to buy one, most surf shops rent them out for fun. Get on this bandwagon!