Fitness Friday: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It’s the holiday weekend and what better way to spend it than on the water? But instead of just lying around to get a tan, get moving with some fun activities. On this 4th of July Fitness Friday,  Annie Szatkowski is learning how to stand up paddle board

First, I’m getting a crash-course in stand up paddle boarding  with Beth and Jim McGuire, owners of Walk on Water Stand Up Paddle.

They’ve been renting paddle boards in Clear Lake for  about 4 years and as they put it, it’s become a bit of an addiction.

Before we can hit the water , I have to learn the basics. Safety comes first with a life jacket and an ankle strap, then I learn the proper way to maneuver the paddle.

Now it’s time for the real fun. Once you push-off from shore, you start on your knees in the middle of the board, then work your way up to standing position one foot at a time.

Then, you just go for it!

This is truly an all-encompassing workout. Think about it, you’re working your arms, shoulders, back, core, butt, legs, and testing your balance all at the same time. It all comes from the resistance from the water.

The important thing to remember is to keep moving and look out at the horizon.

There are different ways to go about this. You can of course stand, but sometimes your feet get tired,so you can take a knee and carry on. If you’re super tired, you can sit and try to paddle, but I’d recommend this only for relaxing purposes.

You can even work up to yoga and gymnastics.

Now here’s something I learned to take this workout to the next level. Instead of meandering along, grip the paddle and reach out into the water as far as you can keeping your arms straight. Really dig into the water as you pull back. This is will target your abs and the back of your legs.

Fun fact: Supping for an hour can burn about 280 calories per hour for a 150 pound person, but you can torch up to around 500 if you’re really booking it.

And once you get the hang of it just relax and have fun!

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