Not sure if SUP-ing is right for you? Here are 5 things to know before taking the plunge.
How does SUP-ing differ from other workouts today?
Unlike other workouts that isolate certain areas of the body, SUP-ing works almost every single muscle from your head to your toes literally all at once.
What are the physical benefits?
SUP-ing is a full body workout. You will work your arms, back, shoulder and leg muscles as well as your core, back and abdominals.
It’s also a low impact workout so there is less risk of joint damage. This is appealing for runners in particular who are battling shin splints, knee or hip pain.
Will it improve my balance?
Yes. You need to stand upright which requires a significant amount of core stability and leg strength to maintain your balance on the board.
Are there any other benefits?
Mastering the art of good balance can increase your focus and balance in your day-to-day life as well. Exercising while gliding through the water is soothing which in turn can reduce stress and positively impact your mental health.
Is it expensive?
The pricing is comparable to other workout class rates in Westchester and includes the use of all gear (board, paddle, life vest). Class sizes are kept small which is a great advantage for learning in a small group environment.
Ready to try it?
Nancy Vincent is the Founder of SUP Westchester, a stand up paddle boarding firm based in Long Island sound in Westchester County, NY.
Visit www.supwestchester.com to learn about her classes and kids kayaks, available for children ages 5-10. Private and private group lessons available.