Improve Your Endurance with SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)

September 26, 2016

WeSUP Ambassador 2016

WeSUP Ambassador 2016

Stand up paddle boarding has long been viewed as a recreational activity. Today, it has become more than that and people have realized the many benefits it imparts on the user. Since its inception, it has become a common sight along tropical beaches for example around the Hawaiian Islands. They were designed for use in areas where strong waves were not present to ensure adequate surfing

A few years ago, you may have mistaken a stand up paddling dude for a lazy person thanks to the use of a paddle unlike the traditional control of the board with the feet. Having been recognized as one of the best workout options, millions of people have begun to enjoy paddle boarding every chance they get.

So, how is stand up paddle (SUP) boarding beneficial to the user?


Here are the benefits of SUP which results in improved endurance.

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When you engage in SUP, every muscle in your body is put to work in order to ensure you are able to keep paddling. The one area that is targeted more when you engage in stand up paddling is your core. The motion of paddling forward and backwards helps to engage your core, your legs and arms.

Experts have been able to identify that the deltoids, rotator cuffs, traps, pectorals major, latissimus dorsi, supraspinatus and the abdominal muscles get to benefit from the motion one makes when paddling forward and backwards. This is what helps to build endurance.

As explained by experts, when one engages their muscles not only in paddling but also in controlling the board while standing, it helps to improve balance. As the user, you are definitely required to stand upright. This improves your focus which is a determining factor when it comes to improving your endurance.

It has been defined as a low impact exercise unlike other exercises; it does not result in damage to your tendons and ligaments located around or close to the joints. This is why the exercise has become a favorite even among athletes engaged in running, cycling, power walking and football among others. Thanks to the positive effect it has, it helps to improve endurance and athletic performance.

It is highly encouraged among athletes engaged in running, cycling, swimming and soccer to engage in different forms of workout. SUP has been found to provide the body with a full body workout. In order to achieve this, one needs to master the act of balancing on the board. This requires a lot of effort which is exerted on the legs. This is because your legs will be hard at work in maintaining the center of gravity to prevent you from falling into the water. This goes the same for the arms, the back and the shoulders. In the end, your back and abdominal muscles will be put to work during your entire session. This means, you body will benefit from the full workout by improving performance and endurance.


Intense benefits of paddling

Helps to reduce stress

This benefit is drawn from water, which is why SUP users look relaxed. The water helps to soothe the mind as one paddles away. This is brought about by the water sensation and the rhythm of the strokes which finally eliminate your stress.

Great cardio workout

SUP is a great cardio workout that helps to improve your heart health and contribute to low cholesterol levels in the vessels. This translates to no heart attacks, no plaque deposits in the blood vessels and other heart complications.

Connects you with nature

Water has a calming effect whether you are deep in it or just skimming the surface. When you engage in SUP, the calming nature of water has a positive effect on your mental health and attitude.

Final Thoughts

Stand up paddling is a great activity that one needs to engage in. It has come a long way and today, it’s embraced by many people and not just by tourists looking for something new and fun to engage in. It has been found to have a lot of benefits especially when it comes building muscle endurance. This is beneficial to runners, cyclists, swimmers and other athletes.

It achieves muscle endurance by improving one’s balances, strengthening the core, back, leg, abdominal and arm muscles. Balance also plays a crucial factor in building one’s endurance and is required to ensure one stays upright on the board.

Try stand up paddling today, you will be delighted.


WeSUP is born by the group of Thai SUP enthusiasts, who are deeply enthralled by stand-up paddling or SUP. Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is the fastest growing sport across the world. We want to push on it and aim to be the leading SUP Sport guide in Thailand.

Not only SUP is fun and perfect for your entire family, but SUP also has huge benefit for you. SUP opens up a whole new world of exploration, fitness and adrenaline. It's a great way to get fit, developing core strength, cardio fitness, flexibility, balance and allows you to choose your own path to better health. Unlike surfing, you don't need waves to paddleboard, you can go paddling on any open water, an ocean, lake, and even a river. If you never try SUP, Let's start!