Paddleboard For Fitness Workout
More and more people are using paddleboards for fitness workouts because it is a fun and exciting way to burn calories, lose weight, and get fit. Aside from the actual paddling, you can use your paddleboard as a fitness platform on the water for a more thorough workout. Here are a few exercises you can try on your paddleboard.
- Paddleboard Yoga: Yep. That's right. Yoga on your paddleboard. This is excellent for balance, and the plus side is your mat is the ocean! How much closer to nature can you be? For beginners, starting out with simpler yoga poses is probably a better idea—don't want you falling into the water, now, do we? First find your balance on your paddleboard and then slowly but surely ease yourself into your desired position—perhaps the downward-facing dog or the Lord of the Dance pose. This fitness workout is great for yoga buffs and water sports aficionados alike.
- 3-Hand Position Push-up: Doing push-ups on a paddleboard is also a good way to burn off excess weight and improve your balance. Keep your body in a straight line from head to toe, being careful not to hunch or arch your back too much. Get into a comfortable position: your feet can be close together or a little wider apart. Before you start doing your push-ups, contract your abs and tighten your core by pulling your belly button toward your back. Keep it tight throughout the entire workout. And don't forget to breathe!
- Prone Cobra: The prone cobra is another great fitness workout to do on your paddleboard. It does wonders for your spinal muscles and improves spinal mobility, so it's a great workout for anyone who has to sit at a work desk for hours at a time. It's easy, too. All you have to do is lie face down on your paddleboard, with your arms beside your hips and your palms facing up. Draw in your abdominals and squeeze your gluteals to activate your core. Now, slowly exhale and lift your chest off the floor. Lift your arms up and back toward your hips, then rotate your thumbs to the sky. Hold this position for a couple of seconds and then go at it again.
- The Squat: This exercise is great for overall fitness, hip and leg strength, with the added bonus of improving your balance. Grab your paddle and use it for balance. Stand with your feet hip or shoulder width apart. Now bend your knees and start squatting. When your knees are at a 90 degree angle, stop. Contract your glutes and legs, then stand back up slowly without locking your knees together.
- The Mountain Climber: This is another paddleboard fitness workout that is great for your back and hips. On your paddleboard, begin in a push-up position on your hands and toes. Bring your right knee up to your chest, with your foot resting on the board. Then, jump up and switch your feet in the air, while bringing the left foot in and the right foot back. Continue alternating your feet as fast as you can without harming yourself for 30 to 60 seconds. Remember to keep your hips low and stable and do not attempt to bounce up and down.