10 Benefits and Reasons to Stand-up Paddle (SUP)

Articles - 25-06-2019
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A schedule far too busy, a violent allergy to sports, or simply no motivation … So many good excuses as reasons not to paddle!

To help spur you into action, we have listed 10 good benefits and reasons that doing stand-up paddle (SUP) bring to you !

 

 

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  1. Do sports / Expel some energy

SUP is a great way to play sports and be active outdoors. It is a complete sport that allows you to work different areas of the body to the intensity of your choice. You will be able to work on your fitness, endurance, and even your strength in various ways, all at your own pace at that !

 

 

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  1. Relationship with water / Playful sport

Some sports can be thankless because of the physical effort required, the “serious side” they involve, or other external factors … Do not worry, this is not the case with stand-up paddle! The relationship with nature, especially to water, adds a playful side to the sport, and you can enjoy a beautiful setting as you paddle !

 

 

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  1. Improve balance / proprioception

SUP is also a great way to work on your balance and proprioception. In fact, in addition to the physical effort required to paddle, you will have to concentrate on not falling! Improving proprioception can, among other things, prevent injuries, strengthen your ankles, and bring you any number of other benefits !

 

 

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  1. Progress quickly

Contrary to other sports, especially surfing, you will notice how quickly you progress. And why is that? Well, no special conditions are required to do SUP, except for one, having a place to practice. You will have the opportunity to go paddling often, and thus improve your endurance and technique. On top of that, if you start by doing SUP on a flat body of water (a lake for example) you will not have to face any waves !

 

 

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  1. All bodies of water possible !

Stand-up paddle comes in different methods, as many sports as ways to practice them! You can enjoy a walk on your favorite lake, relax on that same lake by practicing SUP Yoga, push your limits in a SUP race and even surf a few waves on the coast! It is up to you to choose a program that is right for you !

 

 

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  1. A sport with Polynesian roots

The SUP has its roots in Polynesia. At the time, a simple plank carved from tree trunks made it possible to move around. SUP was re-established in part thanks to Duke Kahanamoku and the local “beach boys” who used their boards to monitor bathers and swell entrances. Today, the world’s best-known watermen do SUP training to stay at the top of their game. Why not follow their example ?

 

 

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  1. Muscle building

If the goal is to strengthen at the muscular level, you can also do SUP from a training perspective. It is a great way to work your upper body since the oar forces you to use your upper muscle groups such as your back, triceps, and shoulders. Even your legs and abs will be called to action! This is what makes SUP such a complete sport.

 

 

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  1. Easily transportable

If you opt for an inflatable SUP, you will make your life easier in terms of transport. A simple bag can hold all your equipment! You can load it into your car, and carry it on your back as you walk or cycle.

 

 

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  1. Excellent alternative to surfing

For all surfers in need of action (and waves), you will find your happiness in stand-up paddle. Gliding, being active in a natural environment, and having a relationship with water are all part of the thrill, not to mention the simple fact that you can train while waiting for the waves to return. Being on the water makes it easier to read swells and currents, improving your understanding of the sea. On top of that, if you already surf at a good level, you will start SUP with a big advantage, a sense of balance that will speed you through the skill levels.

 

 

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  1. Relaxing Activity / SUP Yoga

In addition to expending energy, SUP is also a way to decompress, to relieve the stress of everyday life. A pleasant glide on your board, surrounded by the beauty of nature, will do a lot to bring you joy and change your mind-set. If you expect to do SUP with this in mind, SUP Yoga is an excellent choice! If you’re interested in learning more, go ahead and check out our video on the topic.

 

 

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There you go. You are now aware of the benefits that stand-up paddle brings.  We leave you now to discover the joy of this beautiful sport !

 

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