5 Reasons to Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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!  5 Reasons to Try SUP marontherun.com

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!Potomac River marontherun.com

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! SUP on the Potomac marontherun.com

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! πŸ˜‰ 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! SUP on the Potomac River marontherun.com

 Have you ever tried SUP? What is your favorite water activity? Ocean, lake or river? πŸ™‚ Happy Friday!

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      1. I’ll go anytime! MY classmate from Panama was in town and it was our last chance to hang out so we went around lunchtime for about an hour.

    1. My sister does SUP but I never have. She said she sees people out on their boards that have their dogs laying on it while they paddle. I wonder if I could get my lap to stay on the board with me?

      1. i’m lucky I can get my self to stay on the paddle – I cannot imagine having a dog with me. But if she’s more experienced I could totally see that!

      1. honestly, falling doesn’t really concern me. It’s falling into the Potomac that does, lol πŸ˜‰ welcome back!

      1. I just bought a Living Social deal for our boathouse. I had to purchase 4 vouchers but I actually used one for this visit which was great. I have several friends who want to get out there so hopefully the rest will be used quickly!

    1. I love SUP! I’ve done it many times. I’ve got to recruit one of my friends to head back down to the city. It’s really fun to SUP along the Chicago lakefront!
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    1. Did you just read my mind?

      I’m eyeing a class. Something going on this weekend that means I have to wait to sign up, because it could interfere, but I’m definitely hoping to make it happen this summer.

      Ocean or river. Love the ocean, but don’t love to swim in it (although I do like waves, and therefore love big lakes that naturally have waves!).
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      1. definitely check it out – it’s really a lot of fun and once you get the hang of it, so surreal! like floating.

    1. You guys are totally inspiring me to try SUP! I was so inspired by coach Debbies’ post this week as well:)

    1. This looks like a great adventure! Although my balance has improved greatly from yoga, I’m not sure how it would hold up (no pun intended) on a board in the middle of water LOL I definitely want to give SUP a try
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      1. honestly, the board helps you balance. You do need to pay attention but don’t have to be some ab-perfect balanced paddler! give it a shot!

    1. I haven’t done SUP yet, but I have surfed. It’s so much fun, but the next day I was so sore. I like activities like that though because I’m not thinking about it as a workout.

      1. I know – it’s such a great workout! I went out for an hour and thought I’d go to the gym later to lift but man, that didn’t happen!

    1. love this post b/c i just got a SUP for my bday and LOVE IT! i’m headed back up to my parents’ house (they live on a lake in Upstate NY) to use it this weekend and cannot wait! enjoy your 4th!
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    1. I did SUP once, on a river in Hawaii last year. It was great, but challenging! There were also boats on the river, which caused waves. My mom and I both fell off once- we didn’t have the cords tied to our ankles, so it was a little nerve-wracking that the board could float away. So much fun though!
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    1. I’d love to try this – you should get a group together to meet there and try it out. I’m sure I’ll spend most of my time trying to get up LOL.

      1. the ocean would freak me out! The river is usually pretty calm. I kayaked o the ocean once and loved it but couldn’t imagine standing!

    1. I love SUP-ing, but I don’t have a rental place near me so I just do it on vacation. I’d love to do it more. I was surprised how stable it is once you get up. I thought I’d fall off when I watched other people do it!
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      1. yes, getting up is the hard part – but you are definitely stable once you’re up! I really need to do it more.

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