One of the great benefits of stand up paddle boarding is individual paddle boarders decide how strenuous, or relaxing, they want their paddle board experience to be.  The benefits of SUP will vary by  individual paddle boarder and the activity, or paddle board discipline, they are participating in (surfing, touring, river, race, yoga, etc.).  SJ Paddle Boards highlights some of the most typical benefits stand up paddle boarders experience below.

Paddle Boarding for Stress Relief

Since the beginning of time, people have been drawn toward all types of water for its calming and therapeutic attributes.  Stand up paddle boarding is a great activity that allows you to spend more time on water while relieving some of life's stresses. 

Paddle Boarding Builds Camaraderie

Group stand up paddle boarding or group paddle board tours are a great way to get together with friends, meet new people and forge new relationships while experiencing nature in a unique way. 

Escape to Nature with SUP 

The digital age we live in is great, but one of the best parts of any paddle board trip or tour is taking the time to totally disconnect from society and "walk on water."  It's just you and your board. 

Paddle Boarding Improves Core Muscle Strength

For years Yoga and circuit training have surged in popularity as people become more focused on strengthening core muscles.  Stand up paddle boarding offers a similar full body workout that will improve core muscle strength. 

SUP for a Cardiovascular Workout

Going for an extended paddle board tour around a large harbor or circling a lake is a great way to break up the monotony of typical cardiovascular workouts (treadmills, stationary bikes, etc.)

Paddle Boarding Can Be Used to Improve Endurance or Marathon Training

Depending on the speed of your paddling, stand up paddle boarding is a great way to cross train and improve endurance.  Marathon runners have been known to use stand up paddle boarding as an alternative for of endurance and cardio training. 

Low Impact Workout Protects Joints

Stand up paddle boarding, when using the proper technique, should be a low impact workout.  The sport is a healthy alternative to some other higher impact sports and activities that can put additional strain on muscles and joints. 

SUP Yoga Improves Balance

SUP Yoga is another rapidly growing subset of stand up paddle boarding.  Any stand up paddle boarding activity will improve your balance and thereby improve your participation and balance in other land based sports.