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Five Ways Stand Up Paddleboarding Benefits Seniors

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As you get older, starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be challenging. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is truly a sport for all ages. At Paddle Diva, I have seen how many of my senior clients have benefited from regular SUP sessions.

Try something new: Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge. I’ve had senior clients who had never exercised and did not know where to begin. Some were concerned about their age, injury or ongoing health problems.

We started with low impact SUP sessions, which have helped them to improve overall fitness, stay healthy, strong and energetic.  As you grow older, regular exercising is more important than ever. Many of my senior clients often say how paddling is not only good for their body, but also their mind, mood and memory.

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Belly Busting with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

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It’s always rejuvenating to hop back onto the board for the first paddle of the season. The beautiful weather this past weekend was just the beginning.

One of the great benefits of stand up paddleboarding is the terrific belly-busting workout it provides. SUP’ing for 30 minutes three times a week can offer you a leaner waistline, stronger core and higher energy levels.

Strengthen your core

Many pro athletes are now turning to stand up paddleboarding to mix up and energize their workouts. Spending an hour on the water can burn 500 or more calories, which on a cardio level is comparable to an indoor spinning class.

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Jessica Bellofatto: Paddle Diva’s Inspirational Woman for April

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Each month at Paddle Diva we highlight an inspirational woman who strives to make positive changes in the world. For April I wanted to feature my friend Jessica Bellofatto, who has made a career out of inspiring and helping women feel more confident through yoga.

Jessica has been teaching Yoga for the past 20 years and is also one of our stand up paddleboard  instructors. In 2009, Jessica founded the KamaDeva Yoga studio in East Hampton with the vision that there is a yoga for everybody, regardless of age, physical ability or income. Jessica has an uplifting and radiant spirit. She says that her yoga practice has taught her that anything is possible, nothing is impossible, and the only constant is change.

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My Holistic Approach to Recovery

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I must admit — I’m a highly active person. Along with SUPing, I enjoy surfing, biking, swimming and yoga. But being stung by a stonefish whipped all the energy out of me. It’s been a long and tough recovery process. My body was depleted and my calf muscles atrophied. Besides the pain, the worst part was not being able to be out on the water and doing all the things I love.

I’m happy to report that I’m finally doing much better! The road to recovery has been a harmonious blend of excellent medical care, rest, staying positive and also fusing Eastern and Western medicines.
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SUPtastic Racing Events

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Our Paddle Diva team is stoked for upcoming SUP racing this spring. There will be good vibrations this Saturday, April 5 for the Beach Boy Classic SUP race, to be held in Rincon, Puerto Rico.  

Beach Boy SUP Classic

Paddle Diva at Paddle Royal, San Juan, PRLast year the Beach Boy Classic SUP reached international status, as 265 paddlers throughout the world traveled to Rincon to compete. It broke participation records and was the largest race ever held in Puerto Rico, attracting professional, amateur and kid paddleboarders, ranging from 4 to 71 years old. Before the 2013 open sea race began, it was amazing to see the array of SUP enthusiasts and boards lined up along the beach. Read the rest of this entry »