What’s SUP?

What’s SUP?

Thanks to a bunch of motivational Instagram posts, we know that summer bodies are made during winter. But if your winter body is more likely to be found under a blanket than at the gym, it might be time to reevaluate your exercise regime.

Frosty mornings, early darkness and an abundance of comfort foods can wreak havoc on your beach body goals. If you’re dreading the thought of another set of crunches and lunges, add some variety through fun, functional movement – like cruising your current body around on a stand-up paddleboard.

Stand-up paddleboarding, or ‘supping’, gives you a full body workout and helps build balance, coordination and strength. Balancing on the board activates your core and leg muscles, while paddling itself is great for toning arms and shoulders. It will also get your heart rate up – paddling is a form of low impact cross training and provides a good cardio workout for all abilities and fitness levels. Best of all, it’s fun: you’ll be so focused on not falling in that you won’t notice the sweat, and being on the water can be a great way to de-stress.

Most popular tourist spots along the coastline let you rent a board for an hour or two. And if the thought of entering the ocean in winter has you reaching for a hot chocolate, think again – winter is a great time to start supping, as the water tends to be calmer and less choppy (which means you’re less likely to end up in the drink). Find a warm rash vest and some willing friends, pick a sunny day and get paddling.