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Friday
Aug032012

Stand-up paddling is a great workout for body and mind

PHOTO COURTESY TRIPADVISOR.COMIf you live along the coast you would be hard-pressed to not see people standing on surfboards and paddling around. 

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP as it often called) was made popular by surfer Laird Hamilton about 10 years ago, but has been around for hundreds of years as it was a mode of transportation by Native Americans. Now, according to the Outdoor Industry Assn., 1.24 million people did SUP last year, an 18% increase from the year before. 

The beauty of the SUP is that it gives you an overall workout – both body and mind. Even if you are in still water you will use muscles from head to toe – feet, legs, back, arms, and your core. Other area will be worked just from balancing on the board. The intensity of the workout can be upped if you are going upstream in a river or in the ocean, battling waves. 

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