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We know keeping active in one way or another is key to a healthy lifestyle and vital in helping you feel good, but this certainly doesn’t mean you have to join the gym or go for a run. Standup paddleboarding is a growing activity across the UK1 and comes with a whole host of benefits.
As an activity, it requires a bit more planning than simply heading out for a walk, but if you’re able to get involved, standup paddleboarding is a great way to explore parts of nature you may never normally see and to try something new. Getting outdoors has huge benefits for our health, and it’s been shown that being in nature for just two hours a week is all it takes for it to have a positive impact on our mental and physical health. In particular, a deficiency in vitamin D, which we absorb from daylight, is common in the UK, so any time outdoors especially during the winter months to help boost our levels of this is great – though of course, don’t forget the sun cream!
Sarah Kemp, health and wellbeing programme manager at AXA Health, explains some of the key benefits that getting out on the water to go standup paddleboarding can have, both physically and mentally.
What are the benefits of standup paddleboarding?
- Paddleboarding provides a full body workout. Sarah explains, “standup paddleboarding works many muscles at the same time. In order to propel through the water, the muscles of the upper limbs come into play. However, the muscles of the trunk, gluteals and lower leg are also having to work in synergy to keep upright and stable. Research has shown that regular practice can build core stability and strength, aid aerobic fitness and positively benefit body composition. It’s also a low-impact exercise meaning it’s great for those who have to avoid heavy joint-loading activities.”3,4,5
- Supports our mental health – not only are there the overall benefits that any form of physical activity, indoors or out, has on our mental health, but being out in nature is known to have hugely positive influences on our mind and its wellbeing. Reducing blood pressure and helping to lower our stress hormones are some of the fantastic benefits of exercising outdoors.6 Couple that with getting moving and we get all the positives of being active, as explained before.