Edwin Hammond Meredith, a professional chef in the Florida Keys, enjoys stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Hammond Meredith has found that this sport affords him the opportunity to appreciate the calm ocean while staying active outdoors.
In recent years, the sport of stand-up paddle boarding has widely grown in popularity. The sport originated in Hawaii and has become a great way to spend time with friends and meet new people, enjoy time in the water, and even stay fit.
Stand-up paddle boarding provides an overall workout that helps improve both the body and the mind. While the intensity of the workout may vary depending on the location, SUP always requires balance and strength. As paddle boarders must be able to stand up while also using a paddle to move through the water, SUP works almost every muscle in the body. The leg muscles and abdominal muscles are used while trying to balance, while the back, shoulders, and arms are used during paddling.
SUP also serves as a low-impact exercise, which has less risk of injury and pain in the joints, tendons, and ligaments. This low-impact exercise further provides several health benefits such as increased cardiovascular health, weight loss, and reduced risk of stroke, diabetes, and joint problems. SUP also helps relieve stress and mitigates the negative effects that stress has on the body and mind. With stand-up paddle boarding, it is common for the body to quickly reach a high fitness level without one even realizing it.