Family reunions and gatherings are the perfect time to enjoy recreational and physical activities together. Choose activities that multiple generations can enjoy!
SUP (stand up paddle boarding) and kayaking have become very popular in recent years and it’s easy to see why! Paddleboards and kayaks are portable and virtually maintenance free. People of all ages can participate in this low impact activity as paddlers or even passengers.
Kayaks are commonly powered with paddles, which increases strength in the core, arms, chest and shoulders. Some kayaks use pedals (like a bicycle) instead and steer using a hand-controlled rudder. Pedaling allows the user to use the strong muscles of the legs and glutes to drive the boat instead of relying on upper body muscles.
There are many health benefits to using paddle boards including increased strength in the core, legs, back, shoulders, and arms. It challenges and improves balance as well as burns hundreds of calories per session. Kayaking and paddle boarding can both build cardio-vascular fitness.
Each person on a kayak or paddle board must wear or have a life jacket easily accessible. Check your state’s law for the latest information.
In the off-season, keep your paddling muscles strong and flexible by training with the Smart Stick. They come in 5 lb weighted and unweighted versions. The unweighted version is best for flexibility and balance exercises, while the weighted version is best for strength exercises (upper body, lower body, core).
Include paddling in your next family gathering to build strength, cardio fitness, and memories!