Welcome, welcome JULY!! While time continues to fly, thanks for joining Cynthia, Courtney and me for the Friday Five as we talk about fitness. Now that summer is here my desire to be outside and on the water has come to fruition. I’ve been itching to get out there and do some Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) since my first experience last summer and was able to this week. Have you tried SUP? If not, here are 5 reasons why I think you should!
ONE: it’s an awesome full body workout that anyone can do! From using your core, legs and arms to power the paddles through the waves you seriously work every muscle in your body to 1) stay balanced and 2) propel you and the paddle board forward.
TWO: the view from the water! No matter if you’re paddling on the river, ocean or a lake – you get to see your surroundings from a completely different vantage point! I’ve discovered so much about the DC area from my views on the Potomac River. It’s pretty cool!
THREE: You don’t need a lot of stuff. At the Key Bridge Boathouse in DC you sign a waiver, grab a paddle and life vest provided, hop on the paddle board and go. Of course you can take an orientation class or other types of SUP classes, like Yoga but you really don’t need anything but yourself. More experienced SUP-ers probably own their own boards and paddles but for people like me who only go periodically it’s great to just get there, check in and paddle. No heavy investment in equipment needed.
FOUR: I find being so close to the water calming and relaxing. My friend and I went out midday Thursday and after paddling for about 20 minutes, we docked in the middle of the river at a little “beach” where it was all about soaking up the sun and watching the ducks float around us!
FIVE: It’s challenging but FUN! It takes me a bit of time to stand up on the paddle board. Your feet have to be right in the middle over this black tab on the board and nerves get the better of me. I always fear falling off but that hasn’t come close to happening yet and once I’m up, I’m up! 😉 Making sure to dig deep enough with the paddle also takes some effort but really this is where the fun starts! I can’t wait to go back out again!
Have you ever tried SUP? What is your favorite water activity? Ocean, lake or river? 🙂 Happy Friday!