Do you love the water? Do you enjoy getting out and being active? If so, paddle boarding may be the perfect sport for you! Paddle boarding is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the beautiful scenery of lakes, rivers, and oceans. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of paddle boarding and why it’s such a popular activity. We will also provide tips on how to get started if you are interested in giving it a try.
What Is Paddle Boarding?
Paddle boarding is a great way to get out on the water and enjoy a little exercise. All you need is a board and a paddle, and you’re good to go. If you are brand new, check out our complete paddleboarding for beginners guide.
There are two main types of paddle boards: inflatable and rigid. Inflatable boards are made of a durable PVC material and are ideal for beginners or those who want to be able to pack their boards up easily. Rigid boards are made of either fiberglass or carbon fiber and tend to be lighter and faster than inflatable boards.
Whichever type of board you choose, make sure you get a paddle that’s the right size for you. Paddle boarding is a great workout for your arms, legs, core, and back, so your relaxing day also gets you a good day of exercise!
If you’re looking to really get into paddle boarding and buy one, check out our guide on how to find the right paddleboard for yourself. We also answer common questions like if longer paddleboards are more stable.
What Should I Bring Paddle Boarding?
This is your basic checklist of items you should bring.
- A paddle (of course)
- Personal Flotation Device of your choice. Read up on local rules and laws to avoid any tickets.
- A pump (if your SUP is inflatable)
- Rescue whistle
- A waterproof flashlight or headlamp
- SUP leash
- Quality UV protection clothes (preferably rashguard clothing)
- Water shoes
We also recommend a few other items to bring in a waterproof (or not, if you’re confident) bag to make yourself more comfortable.
- Sunglasses and/or hat
- SPF lip balm and sunscreen
- Water and snacks
How To Get More Exercise On A Paddle Board
There are multiple ways you can turn a day of paddleboarding into an intense exercise that burns a lot of calories.
High-intensity paddling is easily the simplest way to up your calorie burning. This simply means speeding up how fast you are paddling. Keeping an intense pace for 15-30 minutes can burn up to 1000 calories! That’s more fun than running if you ask me.
SUP Yoga can be another great way to spice up paddleboarding. The intensity will depend on what type of yoga you use, but pick the one you like and enjoy your day out on the water. You will want a larger and more stable board if you want to do this.
SUP CrossFit is a simple way to take your workout to the water. Take some of your basic CrossFit exercises like pushups, situps, and more to make your day exciting. It’s hard to beat getting a workout in the sun on the water.
Paddleboarding in Coeur d’Alene
Spend a day on your SUP in CDA with Resort Boat Rentals! We’ve got plenty to choose from and have the perfect area for you to spend your day. Stop by, or give us a call if you have any questions. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to seeing you!
We’ve put together a guide on where to paddleboard on lake Coeur d’Alene!