People may think that kayaking and paddle boarding are activities for escaping their busy everyday life, and they are right. But, what they may not know is that both of these activities offer many health benefits. And with summer being in full effect why not do an activity that allows you to enjoy the weather AND get your body in shape?
Over the years, studies have shown exercise reduces stress. It has also been discovered that water decreases stress and anxiety. Enjoy the feeling of calmness and relaxation from being on the water, listening to your surroundings, and watching the rhythm of the water.
Kayaking and paddle boarding are both activities that can get your body in tiptop condition. Your major joints and ligaments do not have to suffer the consequences of a high impact exercises (like jogging, for example). If a 135-lb. woman paddled for 30 minutes she would burn anywhere from 130-195 calories, depending on workout intensity. If the same woman ran on a treadmill for 30 minutes she would burn 250-410 calories. It all depends on how fast she is choosing to run.
Both kayaking and paddle boarding can be turned into high intensity activities that can help you burn calories. If you are looking to lose some weight a fun way, a high intensity paddle or kayak may not be a bad idea. Your body is going to feel the effects of an intense workout the next day. Both of these watersports require the major muscle groups in the body to be active and work together. Your shoulders, arms, back, and abs are engaged the entire time that you are kayaking or paddle boarding. The lower half of the body is used in paddle boarding and not kayaking. If you are looking for more of a full body workout then paddle boarding is the way to go. Paddle boarding requires you to stand upright on the board. This engages the legs and core to help you improve your balance and physique.
If you are still looking for your summer beach body, you might want to look to the water for a healthy start.