50 Ways to Stay Well #31 – Paddle Sports

This is one that may be on hiatus until next year. Though, a warm fall day can be GORGEOUS to be on the water, just take proper precautions to avoid any accidents.

Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding involve paddling a small craft through water. They are low-impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility.

Canoeing typically takes at least two people. This is an open vessel and the person either sits or kneels inside the canoe using a single blade paddle.

Kayaking can be done solo or tandem. This this is an enclosed vessel and the person sits inside the kayak with legs extended and uses a double-bladed paddle.

Standup Paddle boarding is an activity that started in Hawaii for surfers on flat days is exploding in popularity among anyone near a body of water. This sport offers many health benefits and equipment is pretty simple; board and paddle. Options available include inflatable boards which pack up tight and can be easily transported or traditional epoxy boards which would require a roof rack of some sort.

Health Benefits of these activities include;

  1. Reduces stress – Water naturally soothes the body and exercise helps to reduce stress. Being outdoors in nature and enjoying the sights, sounds, and colours helps reduce stress levels.

 

  1. Improved balance– paddleboarding requires you to stand upright on the board, which requires a lot of core stability and leg strength to maintain balance.

 

  1. It’s a workout – Placing the paddle in the water and executing a good stroke is going to incorporate every muscle in the upper body. And in paddle boarding, you are doing a full body workout as leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to stabilize your center of gravity.

 

  1. Low impact – These water sports are very low impact making it a great way to move your body without putting too much stress on it.

Resources

High Level Canoes & Kayaks

Awesome Adventures

Costco Boating & Watersports

Articles

Top 10 Health Benefits of Standup Paddleboarding (Health Fitness Revolution)

Canoeing and kayaking – health benefits (Better Health Channel)

What Kayakers Can Teach Us About Living Well (Huffpost)

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