Every once in a while I like to step out of my comfort zone. However, when I decided to try paddle-boarding for the first time, you could say I literally glided beyond it 🙂
Let me set the scene…it was a humid summer day, the sun was high and beams radiated off the lake’s surface as I tried to root my feet and gain enough balance (or confidence, maybe both) to stand up and start paddling. Luckily, all of my yoga experience came to good use and with my balance sturdy, I began my paddleboard adventure.
1. Why Paddleboard?
During summer, I try to spend as much time outside as possible. That may mean, I forgo my regular yoga class or workout at the gym and look for outdoor fitness prospects on perfect summer days. Cue my desire to paddle board, a sport that’s been around since the 1940s, thanks to safety conscious surf instructors and lifeguards in Hawaii.
Paddleboarding, particularly if you do stand-up paddle boarding (or what’s known as SUP), is gaining momentum in North America. Today, you can’t venture out to the beach, cottage, river, or coast without seeing a paddle board glide by. However, paddle boarding not only gets you out into the great outdoors to enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh air, it also provides a pretty challenging full-body workout to boot.