|1. Improved posture and balance|
You have no choice but to engage your core and maintain good posture when you’re trying to paddleboard. Basically, you have to balance with good posture throughout this entire workout or you’ll fall off. The threat of the cold water and a struggle to get back on a moving board after each dunking will make you very aware of your body positioning in a short amount of time.
2. Abdominals and shoulder workout
Your core will be working overtime to help stabilize your body position. Then you add in the paddle motion and you get a perfect shoulder and oblique challenge, too. Plus, the resistance of the water will help you gain strength.
3. Improved mental state
Each time you fall into the water, I bet you’ll laugh like a little kid.
When you start to get the knack of paddle boarding, you’ll have a feeling of pride because mastering this fun but tough activity will give you an incredible confidence boost.
Gliding though the water can also create a calm and peaceful state of mind, making paddle boarding a true mind and body workout.
The best total-body vacation workout
Paddle boarding is a sport that has been around for years, but recently famous surfer Laird Hamilton has helped increase awareness and boost the profile of this fun water activity. I’m privileged to have spent time with Laird, and I admire his passion for the sport. He really wants people to get active with this incredible mind, body and spirit workout.
My son got the hang of it on our last vacation and my daughter was also up for some fun, but she excelled at relaxing, too! It’s the perfect vacation mix—time to chill out and time to stay fit. I hope you give paddle boarding a go and love it as much as I do on your next vacation. You’ll have fun, challenge yourself and it’s a fat-burning, strength-building workout in one.
Whatever activity you decide to do on your next vacation, be safe and have fun.
Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA – Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness at Herbalife