Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is easy to learn. A short introduction is enough to make you ready to stand on the board and paddle the first tracks. You can learn more paddling techniques and various turning maneuvers bit by bit. In contrast to very technical-heavy sports such as tennis, snowboarding, and skateboarding, you can start right away and have fun. When paddling in shallow inland waters, the cardiovascular burden is very low (much lower than, for example, jogging). As a result, you can practice the sport even when you never train this. It is easy to do even after leaving your exercise for a longer period of time. Later, the intensity can be increased almost arbitrarily by paddling against wind and/or current.
The stress on the joints of the SUP is low. The risk of injury is even by the fact that you fall into the water. It has much lower risks than, for example, when snowboarding, mountain biking or inline skating. All who regularly stand-up paddling develop excellent trunk and arm muscles as well as body control. Therefore, it is the only sport that gives the whole body a workout. If you combine the paddling on the water with other exercises, the dream body is close enough to touch.
Yoga and Stand Up Paddling complement each other perfectly. If you already like yoga, but you want to have some more fun in nature, without stressful action such as in mountain biking, SUP is ideal! You can even do yoga exercises on a SUP board, a new trend called YOW (Yoga on water).
SUP is a great way to spend time with a friend or family, to chat while still doing sports, it does not get any better. If it gets too hot, just jump into the cool water. The boards are easy to maneuver, so you can go paddling in a group, enjoy the scenery and have a great chat. SUP is a great sport for the whole family, including children. In the beginning, two people can ride on a board without any problems, but a SUP board will not be enough.
SUP is an environmentally friendly, fast growing sport with a great community. They give a warm welcome to everyone who starts SUP. If you would like to go to a few of the many SUP events in the summer, you will meet many great people there and maybe soon you will receive invitations to paddle around the world.
Even if you have to reconcile children, housework, and job in a hectic everyday life, you can easily find an hour to paddle somewhere, especially since you do not have to decide beforehand exactly when you can (ie not like tennis or a course in the gym is tied to fixed times). Inflatable SUP boards make things even easier.
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