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An active woman in her late 50's enjoys being out on her standup paddleboard (SUP) in the Pacific Northwest. Shot in Washington State.

Imagine if there was a workout you do in your swimwear, all summer long, without ever stepping foot in the gym.
There is!
It’s called stand up paddle boarding.
There are lots of reasons to love it, but we cut it down to five, so here’s why we’ll be paddle boarding all summer:

It’s fun Photo of a little boy being playful and splashing in the sea, while sitting on a stand-up paddle board

Fun is never a bad reason to do anything. While it is a workout, you’ll enjoy yourself, you’ll get to explore, and after a few hours of it, you’ll be ready for a nap.

You don’t have to paddle alone Group of young adult friends at the beach with stand up paddleboards in a tropical climate like Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, or the Carribean

One of the best things about paddle boarding is the fact the while you can do it alone, you don’t have to. If you’re a parent (with a child who can swim), have your kid sit on your board as you stand and paddle; and if you don’t have a kid but want to bring your dog you can do that too!

It’s a workout without being a workout Paddle boarder. Black sunset silhouette of young sportsman paddling on stand up paddleboard. Healthy lifestyle. Water sport, SUP surfing tour in adventure camp on active family summer beach vacation.

Stand up paddle boarding requires core strength, and is a great arm and shoulder burner. These are practical, repetitive movements so it’s a good way to build muscle and you might even lose weight!
Also: You can track this in the Lifesum app, it totally classified as exercise.

The great outdoors A young women with a flower in her hair, paddle boarding on the beautiful Hanalei River, Kauai.

You’re outside!!! Nature is the perfect stress-reliever, and you’ll get fresh air and pretty views to boot.

It is what you make of it Love Couple surfing the waves and have a great time at summer holliday

Paddle boarding is not an all-or-nothing sport, and you don’t have to do it the same way everyone else does; there’s no pressure! If you don’t want to stand and would rather sit and paddle, you can do that; if standing is getting dull, you can take it to the next level and start doing yoga or stretches on your board; either way, you make the rules and do what you feel comfortable with. That’s pretty good if you think about it!
Will you try it? Have you tried it? Let us know!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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