The internet is full of images of young, beautiful fit people on stand up paddleboards. If
you go onto Pinterest or Instagram, there are thousands of images of people doing
contortionist poses on stand up paddle boards looking as strong as the boards they
stand on. From my heart and soul, I am that someone whom is starting a SUP Yoga
business at 51, I can attest, it can be done! Yes, you do need to know how to swim, but
many other ailments can be overcome and you can benefit from this sport. It is a terrific
way to achieve any fitness level desired. A slow paddle with friends at sunset,
becoming part of a sup race team, or even trying a gentle yoga practice on the water.
Try something new. Bring a friend and enjoy the beauty of our backyard from the
vantage point of the beautiful water here in Guanacaste. It is a great way for seniors to
keep strong and healthy. You will improve and restore your balance, strengthen your
core. Your arms and shoulders will look great. If you fall, the water is a soft landing
spot, and like riding a bike, you get back up and start over. Muscle has memory. SUP
provides a full body work out at a low impact level. Paddle when the conditions are
optimal, generally earlier the better, before the wind picks up.
Meet at the beach, get fit, have fun!
A certified instructor will guide you through all the SUP basics: how to get on, how to get
off, how to stand up, how to paddle, and how to get back on if you fall. And falling in the
water is fun! After that, it just takes practice.
We will be offering discounted group demos for the next couple of weeks, that offer
limited instruction. However, if you would like to have a more through lesson, private
and group sessions will be available.
– Sup improves balance and a gives full body workout : We start off in a
kneeling position and begin paddling just after the surf break. If you are not ready
to stand up, you will still get a good work out, think of canoeing. When you are
ready to stand up, your legs will become your shock absorbers and require
strength. Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point during SUP.
Because of the balance required, your leg muscles will be hard at work
attempting to stabilize your center of gravity, while your arms, back and shoulders
are used to propel the paddleboard in the water. Your core is constantly
engaged. This not only helps you have a good balance while paddle boarding but
will also increase your focus and balance in day-to-day activities.
– Low impact and useful in rehabilitation:
Because of its low impact in nature, paddle boarding can be a useful tool for
people in rehab to gently increase strength without doing any harm. It is very
gentle on your muscles and joints. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will do damage
to the tendons and ligaments of your joints.
– Improves endurance: Once you learn how to standup paddleboard, you will
begin to master it with increasing endurance of the constant paddling in all types
of water conditions. Eventually, you will notice that your balance is improving
(you will notice this as you will begin to grip less with your toes) and your muscles
aren’t getting quite as tired, then you know your endurance is increasing. You will
also begin to notice you will be able to paddle faster and longer distances.
– Better cardiovascular health: According to iSupWorld.com, paddle boarding
will help you avoid being a victim of heart attacks and strokes. Because engaging
in paddle boarding is similar to running, aerobics, or even cross-training, you’ll
have improved cardiovascular health and less risk for related diseases.
– The Mind Body connection with nature will reduce stress: Being out on the
water is calming, naturally soothing the body and engaging with nature can have
a positive effect on your mental health and attitude. In addition, exercise helps