It’s easy to see why stand up paddle boarding has become super popular all across the word – it’s fun, exhilarating and relaxing all at once. But, there’s another huge benefit to paddle boarding that you may be less aware of – it can be fantastic for your health. We’ve put together a list of some of the major benefits that will have you grabbing your board and rushing to get on the water, or to finally give the sport a try, if you’ve been on the fence.

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An all-over body work out

When you’re out on the water, you can be sure that every muscle in your body, from head to toe, is getting a work out. Paddle boarding gives you an intense workout as you ride the waves – developing toned muscles, stamina, and plenty of endurance. Your arm, back, shoulder, leg and abdominal muscles will all be working hard together to keep you upright and keep pace.

Improved balance

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Anyone who has boarded before knows keeping upright when you’re on out on the ocean is anything but easy while you’re starting out. The more you do it, however, the better you become, and that’s thanks to your ever-improving balance. You’ll soon notice that you’re not falling on your face as much as you used to – both on the water, and when you’re carrying out day-to-day activities!

It’s low impact

Even though it’s a great work out with many benefits, paddle boarding is a very low impact exercise. This means you have a smaller chance of injuring yourself than you would when taking part in high impact sports or activities. It’s unlikely to do damage to your tendons and ligaments, so it’s a great alternative for runners who are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain but still want to keep up with their exercise.

Reduced stress

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You know how there are all those recorded sounds of rivers and oceans that are supposed to put you to sleep? They work on the premise that its relaxing to hear the water – but did you know that getting out on the real thing will be even more effective? Water naturally soothes the body, and we all know that any exercise is great for reducing stress. Couple that with the rhythm of your stroke as you glide through the water, and you’ll find that when you paddle board, your stress will melt away. Music can also help to ease a troubled mind, so don’t forget your FUSION StereoActive when you head out.

Amazing cardiovascular health

The exhilaration of being out on the waves and racing your paddle boarding friends is sure to get your heart racing and give you a great cardio workout. Just like running, aerobics or cross-training, paddle boarding will improve your cardiovascular health which, in turn, will lead to less risk for heart attacks and strokes, and reduce your chances of developing diabetes, joint problems and other medical conditions.

Excellent weight loss

Great cardio workouts also result in your body burning more calories, so paddle boarding will help you lose weight. If you’re wanting to get rid of some unwanted pounds, take up paddle boarding – it’s an exercise that is both effective and a whole lot of fun.

So give paddle boarding a go – when something is not only fun, but also great for your health, what have you got to lose (except calories!)?