Hot 'n' Healthy: Ancient Hawaiian sport still an awesome workout today
Stand Up Paddleboarding, often referred to as âSUP,â is a newly reborn ancient Hawaiian sport that has been gaining popularity all over the world.
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Relatively new in our area, it is a great way to enjoy the beach and get a great workout at the same time.
Cathy Liberatori co-founded East Coast Paddleboarding over three years ago. Liberatori is a certified NSSIA Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor. East Coast Paddleboarding is a Certified Stand Up Paddleboard School and Certified Surf School. While located at Tybee, East Coast offers SUP Paddleboarding on all surrounding coastal waterways.
The number of calories burned vary according to body type, physical fitness and age, as well as the water conditions â but a one-hour session can consume about 500 to 700 calories.
Today, Iâm going to show you how to paddleboard properly and which muscles are engaged in doing so.
When you get on the board, you want to be well balanced in the middle. You should keep your core tight so you will remain stable on the board. Keep a slight bend in your knees to help absorb the unsteady motion of the ocean. Your leg and glute muscles are working here to keep you on the board, especially if the water is a bit choppy.
You want to hold the paddle with one hand at the very top end, also referred to as the âT-grip.â The other hand will be positioned on the paddle shaft, knuckles forward, in a loose overhand grip. As you paddle, you will begin to feel your shoulders, back, biceps and triceps become engaged while working against the resistance of the water. Remember â keep that core tight.
If you feel adventurous, you can try some exercise moves. Go ahead and get down on your knees and work your way into a plank. You can feel a huge difference between a plank on a paddle board in the ocean versus dry land.
If you feel steady and strong, go ahead and crank out a few push ups. The board will give a little, putting less stress on your wrists. However, it is much harder and you will definitely feel the difference in every muscle.
Paddleboarding is so much fun I forget Iâm exercising. SUP is great for family fitness. East Coast Paddleboarding has boards for kids, and they also have summer camps. At the Tybee Island YMCA, we also have a SUP summer camp provided by East Coast Paddleboarding.
Leah Sparks, Program Director, Tybee Island YMCA & Recreation, IFTA Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor & Kickboxing Instructor, Schwinn Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor. She can be reached at 912-786-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.