s with any kind of physical exercise, start with stretches. Anything to lengthen your muscles, open up your chest and get your blood flowing is a good thing. If you’re stuck for ideas, look to sup yoga for inspiration. Some simple poses and sun salutations will prepare your body for a day on the water on a paddle board.
Before you start paddle boarding, you need to prepare your whole body. Don’t just stretch your legs and forget about your upper body: try pushups, squats and twists to work all your muscles and even joints like your shoulders.
Aim for a medium intensity prep workout which lasts around five minutes. This will get your heart pumping without burning out before you even begin doing your sup activity.
The benefits of preparing a few days ahead of your first paddleboard SUP attempt
Getting your body used to some of the movements and strains that it might encounter while paddle board will help to reduce the shock once you’re actually out on the water.
By stretching or exercising for a few days before you start paddle boarding on your sup, you’ll increase your bloodflow to your muscles. Provided that you don’t overdo it, this will encourage your muscles to loosen up, making them comfortable, flexible and receptive to training.
In addition, the connection between your brain and your muscles recovers very easily. If you don’t prepare physically in the days before you try Stand UP paddle board, these receptors won’t fire as quickly as they could. However, by getting in some quick and simple exercise before your first paddle board SUP attempt, you’ll warm up these connections, resulting in an efficient, co-ordinated workout.
It’s best to aim for a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise to prepare both your muscles and your cardiovascular system. These exercises should be equal and balanced, preparing your body in its entirety.
In addition to choosing exercises to prepare your heart and muscles, you can start to strengthen your balance by standing on one leg, squatting and flexing those ankles. The exercise in the video below is for advanced paddle boarders but gives a great example of a targeted board SUP prep workout.
For your first inflatable SUP attempt, training for a day or two beforehand should be sufficient.
However, if you’re training for a paddle board racing competition, you should start implementing a training program a few months in advance.