Stand up paddle boarding with your dog can be a wonderful bonding experience. My rescue pup, Coconut, recently started enjoying stand up paddling.
I have found that some dogs take to SUP easily, while others can be more apprehensive. It’s important to not pressure your pup, work at his/her own pace and be safe.
If you do decide to SUP with your pup, here are a few ways to get started.
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.
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.
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.
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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