Stand Up Paddle Boarding Gold Coast
For many of us, the Gold Coast provides us with beautiful beaches and waterways! What better way to enjoy and explore these waterways while working on your balance, core stability and strength than giving Stand Up Paddle Boarding a try!
Stand Up Paddle boarding has really exploded onto the scene in the last couple of years. It involves balancing on a wide foam board while propelling yourself with a specialised paddle – but don’t be too intimidated; it’s easier than it may sound. There are many ways to challenge yourself if desired, or take it easy and take in the sights and sun.
Now why would we at Ferry Rd Physio want to talk to you about Stand Up Paddle boards (SUPs)? Well, it’s a great activity that actually works on many important systems in your body.
Balance relies on a combination of sight, proprioception (feeling where your body is in space) and your vestibular system (located within your ear drums). By having a slightly unstable surface underneath your feet, such as a SUP, these systems have to work harder to keep you upright. You can make it easier by kneeling or sitting on the board.
- Core Stability
Core stability is a term that is thrown around a great deal by health professionals. What we are really referring to is your deep abdominal, lower back, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles, and their ability to maintain a stable position. This stability is essential for maintaining for balance on a SUP; the longer you stay upright and paddling, the better the workout.
It does require a little upper body strength (in combination with balance and core stability) to propel yourself around on the SUP, as well as some hip strength and stability. The intensity and speed are all up to you – so make sure you cater to your skill and strength level. Don’t be surprised if you are a little sore the following afternoon – even if you’ve taken it slowly!
With all these benefits making you overly eager to give this great activity a try, please ensure your own safety while doing so. Consider your level of swimming ability, open versus still water conditions, what other water traffic may be around and any previous or current injuries you may have.
So whether you are a zen master looking for a new piece of serenity or a highly competitive person wanting to push the limits of speed and balance, Stand Up Paddle boarding is a great option!
If you do have any personal concerns with regards to your balance, stability or strength, please contact us at the clinic and we can develop a plan to help you regain your confidence.