This weekend I tried paddle boarding for the first time and was pleasantly surprised how great it was for working on my core strength. I started paddling off the deck on my knees and could already feel the burn in both my quadriceps (thighs) and gluteus (booty) muscles. Once we made it into the quiet channel I was able to try to stand up. The board is extremely large so getting to my feet wasn’t as hard as I anticipated… thank goodness because that water looked cold! I do have to say that having my boyfriend there for support was key, so if you are first timer make sure you bring someone who knows what they are doing with you. Once standing I was forced to use all of my core muscles as well as my feet to stay upright on the board.
Then came paddling. If done right it felt like a variation of a deadlift. Deadlifts done correctly at the gym will help strengthen all of your core muscles. I was so excited to realize that I could possibly supplement this activity for a workout in a stuffy gym. This would also be a great alternative for working out when you are on a vacation. I want to revisit the amount of work my feet had to do on this board. In the office I am constantly talking about the importance of using/feeling our feet while running or doing any other activity so that we can train the intrinsic foot muscles. Our body works as a kinetic chain so it only makes sense that strengthening our feet will help take care of our spine. I’m so thrilled that I can tell people to try paddle boarding as one of their therapies.
So here’s what you need to do if you want to try this out. Call the Portland Kayak Company at 503.459.4050. It is $30.00 to rent a board for two hours. There is an easy walkway to the dock where you can lock up your shoes and then you are off!!! I would choose an early morning session as the water might get choppy as those boats start to get dropped in the water. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.
Here’s To Your Health,