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There’s a reason why paddle boards are BIG! If you’ve ever tried surfing, you’ll know that standing up on a surf board is really hard and takes a lot of practise.
This is why beginner surfboards are much bigger than what a pro would use. The larger the surface, the more stable it is, and easier it is to stand on without falling off. That being said, as a beginner on even the largest paddle board, you can expect to get wet numerous times before your body and mind start to coordinate.
When the balance comes though, it’s like riding a bike, and the feeling is awesome.
They say that in today’s society “sitting is the new smoking.” Much of modern society is sedentary throughout the day and are constantly hunched over keyboards, paperwork and desks. This leads to a whole host of back and mobility problems with the end result being a highly compromised posture.
Taking up an activity like paddle boarding can help alleviate the strain you put on your posterior chain and spine. The actions and movements required to keep you upright serves to strengthen the muscle groups that are responsible for maintaining a good posture.
The biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, erector spinaes and trapezius are all included in the muscle group known as the posterior chain. The simple act of standing on a board on water and paddling will do wonders for your posture.