Standup paddle boarding (SUP) is a globally emerging sport which is continuously gaining more and more recognition.
It is a variation of surfing which incorporates weight bearing on a board and using a special paddle to glide across the water. Originating in the Hawaiian Islands in the 1960’s, beach boys in Waikiki began using their longboards and an outrigger canoe paddle to go take pictures of tourist learning how to surf (“History of Standup Paddle Surfing,” 2008).
The main health benefits associated with SUP are increased core activation and full body strengthening associated with exercising on an unstable surface. The core is often thought of as the abdominals, but more recently it has been defined as all of the muscles which attach on the axial skeleton (the spine). This definition brings a new meaning to the core broadening the term to include other important muscles involved in postural stability.
Current research has shown that many large muscle groups are activated when stand-up paddling and a strong core, correct posture and balance are essential to reduce risk of injury and improve performance. Pilates will teach you how to activate these muscles and help you to make the most out of your paddle boarding experience.
With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner now is perfect time to get paddle-board ready!