Diets in Review - Find the Right Diet for You

Stand Up Paddling is the Latest Fitness Craze with Serious Benefits

Stand up paddling (SUP) or “Yoloing” is the perfect combination of traditional canoeing, surfing and kayaking, but even better. Stand up paddling offers an incredible core workout with a cadence much like swimming or cycling. Yolo Boards, founded by Tom Losee and Jeff Archer in 2006 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, is the custom paddleboard of choice. “Yolo” stands for “You Only Live Once”, and when you first try stand up paddling in a lake, ocean, or bay, this name makes perfect sense.

People of any age, from 5 to 85, can do this. While traditional surfboards are 20 inches in width, stand up paddleboards are 32 inches wide. You can learn by starting on your knees and go from there. What is truly great is that it is something the entire family can do together.

Here are 3 new fitness trends in Stand Up Paddling:

1. Stand Up Fitness and Paddle Fit founder Brody Welte, says, “SUP” is one of the greatest forms of exercise that exists. It focuses on upper and lower body and core strength. It is as challenging as running, swimming and biking from a cardio perspective. It has virtually zero impact, is gentle on the body, and improves your balance as well.” SUP is an exercise like no other. Getting out on the water gives you a true serenity, challenge and good time.

2. Stand Up Paddle Yoga is becoming a top yoga trend as well. When I asked Stand Up Paddle Yoga Instructor Gillian Gibree why she thinks this is becoming so popular, she told me, “Stand Up Paddle Yoga takes the workout out of the studio and into nature. Doing a true sun salutation on a floating mat on the water is so refreshing and meditative. Yoga and SUP are two amazing practices that are great for the body, mind, and spirit!”

3. Racing in Stand Up Paddle is becoming a sport as well. You can find the latest information for races around the United States on at SupEvent.com and iTunes.

For more information, you can also see Brody’s innovative Paddle Fit digital guide launched last year, which gives step-by-step digital instruction on getting fit while stand up paddling. He has also launched an entire Paddle Fit certificationof classes, held in different areas of the country. For your next vacation, see if your resort offers SUP like Sandestin and 30A in NW Florida.

Alison Lewis is a nationally known Cookbook Author, Magazine and Internet Food, Travel, Fitness and Health Journalist, Speaker, Travel and Food Photographer and Owner of Ingredients, Inc., a Media Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama who is on Facebook and Twitter.

April 5th, 2012

> Leave Feedback

User Feedback

(Page 1 of 1, 3 total comments)

PaddleDiva

With summer coming and everyone trying to get in bikini shape, SUP is a really fun fitness work out for everyone, of all athletic ability. We??ve have seen hundreds of woman's live change due to SUP. Our clients lose weight, gain confidence and build core strength through attending our classes and tours daily. SUP is the fastest growing water sport worldwide, and if you haven??t tried it yet make sure it goes on your summer to-do list -- you won't be disappointed! The work that Brody is doing in the field of SUP Fitness is amazing, two of our instructors will be joining his course at the conclusion of the Carolina's Cup in April.

posted Apr 18th, 2012 9:29 am


SUP Yoga

Experience amazing SUP Yoga® practice outdoors and on the water! SUP Yoga® is a registered trademark of SUPFIT, LLC

posted Apr 6th, 2012 4:37 pm


Gillian

If you are looking for Yoga Alliance CE credits, check out www.paddleintofitness.com for more info on the SUP Yoga certification program this August in San Diego!

posted Apr 5th, 2012 6:07 pm



   
 

Leave Feedback

Skip the moderation queue by becoming a MyDIR member.

Already a member?

Need to sign up?
It’s free and only it takes a minute.
There are two ways to join:


Or, proceed without an account