How’s your immune system treating you? We hope all of our mates in Oz are doing well through coronavirus lockdown, and staying healthy. There’s one thing we know for sure about this pandemic — it’s stressful. And stress can add up to a host of physical problems if we’re not careful. So to help encourage a healthy lifestyle now and after lockdown, here are five ways a healthy stand up paddle boarding obsession can help you build a better immune system.
5 Ways SUP Can Help You Build a Better Immune System
#1: SUP for Strength
If you want a toned physique, you’re going to get one with a regular stand up paddling routine. As great as you’ll look and feel, you’ll also be doing your health a lot of good because lots of lean muscle means less fat.
Fat around the middle is especially bad for maintaining a strong immune system. If you’ve got more belly bulge since coronavirus lockdown, you can work it off with SUP in no time. If you’re a SUPer already, then you know stand up paddle boarding is a full body workout. From shore, it might not look like you’re working every muscle, but you are.
#2: SUP to Burn Kilojoules
While you’re working hard to bust up that belly bulge and tone up your muscles, you’ll be burning a lot of kilojoules. In an hour of easy-going paddling, you can burn 300 kilojoules. Kick your routine up to something with more heart-pounding cardio, and you could burn up to 1,000 kilojoules or maybe more.
In an hour of surfing on your iSUP, you can burn up to 600-to-750 kilojoules. Stand up paddle boarding actually got its start from surfing. Did you know that? Early surfers got the idea to take a paddle out to spot waves and that gave birth to the sport we now know and love. Read more here if you want to know the whole story.
SUP racing is an up-and-coming sport and one that will get your heart pumping while burning off those kilojoules. In an hour of an obstacle course or a straight-on SUP race, you can burn up to 700 kilojoules.
In fact, we highly recommend a SUP obstacle course for family-friendly SUP fun or your first team building event just as soon as lockdown is over!
SUP yoga is another hugely popular paddle sport now. If you haven’t tried a SUP yoga pose or two, we challenge you to challenge yourself. You’ll work muscles you might not know you have and burn up a bunch of kilojoules in the process.
In about one hour of SUP yoga, you can burn about 450 kilojoules and get a clear head all in one session.
#3: SUP for Heart Health
Better heart health is one of the secret bonuses of a steady SUP routine. When you think about all the work your heart does to supply every cell in your body, you can begin to realize how crucial good heart health is to a strong immune system.
Doctors and scientists discovered early on in the coronavirus outbreak that patients who got the sickest — and those who died — tended to have one thing in common: a compromised immune system. Logically, a healthier heart can lead to a healthier immune system, and that adds up to better resistance in the face of Covid-19 and other viruses.
#4: SUP to Battle Stress
We can’t talk about heart health without addressing stress. Stress is proven to directly impact overall health and the immune system in devastating ways. These days, with lockdown, stress is beginning to get the better of many people.
One of the best ways to beat stress is with SUP. Focusing on your balance and your strokes gets your mind off worries, giving you peace of mind. Keeping stress at bay is good for you, so keep up with your SUP to keep a steady mind.
Tip: We love converting your iROCKER to kayak mode for a gentle, stress-free paddle.
#5: SUP for More Sun
Another little bonus with a steady SUP routine is a steady dose of Vitamin D. Sure, you can get your recommended daily dose of Vitamin D in pill form but the sun beats a pill all day.
You might be surprised to know that approximately 40 percent of people don’t get enough Vitamin D. During lockdown, we’re all at risk of joining that 40 percent, and that’s bad for our immune systems.
So paddle for fresh air and sunshine as much as kilojoule burn and toning up your beach body. It’s good for you!
We’d love to hear your ideas for boosting immunity with regular SUP. Get in touch with us using the fields below or connect with our team on Facebook. Knowing you’re healthy makes us happy!