Get Toned With These Water Sports
Summer is a great time to get fit while keeping cool, so try these top five water-based sports to help fix your niggly spots.
It’s a gorgeous day outside and the last thing you feel like doing is heading to the gym. We don’t blame you – why be chained to a treadmill when the sun is beckoning? A recent study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that exercising outdoors is linked to greater revitalisation, increased energy and positive engagement. Plus, it decreases tension, confusion, anger and depression. If that’s not enough of a reason to get you moving outside, then maybe the fact that these water sports are guaranteed to sculpt your body will – just don’t forget your sunscreen.
Stand-up Paddle BoardingWorks: Arms, core
The latest craze to hit the waves is a mix of surfing and kayaking – with major body benefits. It involves standing on a board, which looks like a surfboard, engaging your core to keep you balanced, and using a paddle to propel yourself through water.
“Your core is critical in helping you to stabilise and keep your balance on the board – and your stomach gets toned really quickly,” says Juliette Ball, coordinator of the Hout Bay SUP Series, which donates all funds to Development in Sport, an NGO, which promotes sport and job creation. Besides your stomach, your arms get a great workout too, as you’re pulling yourself through water while balancing on an unstable object.
Take note: “Larger boards (around four metres) are best for beginners,” says Ball.
Search for “Hout Bay SUP Series” on Facebook or visit www.suphq.com for events and trainers in your area.
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