For those of you who don't know, 850 is the area code for which I reside in. It is the Destin, FL area which is a major hub for stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and the location of BOTE, YOLO and GUSU boards. You can't live here and not notice their presence in the area. At first, I didn't see the excitement in them. I'd sit on the beach and watch people float by and wonder how that was seen as enjoyable. Next thing you know, I had to have one! I rented one first to test it out and was amazed by how much fun I had. It is a great form of exercise and it puts you out in nature where you can see a different world below you. It is not at all like riding in a boat, you're right on the water and in full control. Imagine having dolphin swim by and seeing different fish while exercising and staying fit. The board is great because it forces you to use your lumbo-pelvic stabilizing muscles, your core, and using your entire body to paddle. We sit at work and spend most of our days in a slouched position, paddle boarding forces you to use your postural muscles which is great for your overall health. They even have Yoga classes on the boards and races are becoming very popular. Not to mention, the great cardio workout and metabolism boost. You can travel pretty far on a paddle board and venture to remote areas, turn it into a camping trip and just be outside! We all have gone to the beach and parked our butts in one spot, sort of like at work except better surroundings! Why not get up, paddle, enjoy nature, all while exercising and staying in shape?!!
So get off your butt and go paddle!
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Also, check out Stand up Paddle Board Review and Tower Paddle Boards
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