So I wanted to share one of my favourite outdoor activities with all you cool moms because it is a seriously awesome and fun workout that is perfect for those of us with postpartum bodies.
Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
I first tried paddleboarding a few years ago on the Ottawa River and from that day I was hooked. My husband and I even went on to purchase our own inflatable boards, and it’s now my favourite summer sport. It empowers me and makes me feel like a total water warrior.
Check out my list below to find out why stand-up paddleboarding is an awesome exercise for moms.
Being pregnant totally messes with your centre of gravity so paddleboarding is a great activity to get your body back in balance.
Balance is the name of the game when it comes to keeping yourself from falling in the water. Remember, the choppier the water, the harder you’ll have to work to stay on the board.
Paddleboarding uses almost every muscle in the body:
- You engage your legs to keep you upright and balanced on the board.
- You use your arm, back and shoulder muscles to paddle (which are already strong from holding your baby). Tip: Be sure to paddle on both sides of the board to give yourself an even workout.
- You strengthen your core by remaining balanced on the board.
- You get a great low-impact cardio workout.
This is an all-over body workout and major time-saver for busy moms.
Strengthens Your Core
A much needed exercise for moms who have recently had a baby. Because you have to engage your core to stay upright on the board, you will be working those stomach muscles without even thinking about it.
Stabilizing your core will also help improve your posture, which can be seriously lacking for any new moms finding themselves slouching from either breastfeeding or carrying around their babies.
Paddleboarding also forces you to stretch out and lengthen your body.
I couldn’t believe how peaceful and serene it felt the first time I tried SUP. I was at a local and lively beach near downtown Ottawa. As soon as I paddled out a few yards from shore, I couldn’t hear a thing. It was like I was transported from the city to the country in an instant.
Bonus: Take a break to lay down on your board. You can soak up the sun and just float along the water.
Since paddleboarding is a low-impact sport, there’s no damage to your joints. There’s also no risk of the dreaded “I’m going to pee my pants” feeling caused by running or jumping due to a weakened, postpartum pelvic floor.
Doing 1 hour of stand-up paddleboarding can burn up to 500 calories. Combine that with a day of breastfeeding, and that’s up to 1000 calories gone! You’ll be well on your way to getting your body back in no time.
Probably the best thing about paddleboarding is that it doesn’t feel like exercise. People will also be super impressed to learn that you “board” thus increasing your cool factor.
I’ve even heard of some people bringing their dogs and babies along on their boards. I can’t wait for my son to be old enough to come along on a nice board ride with me.
So moms, what do you think of stand-up paddleboarding? Do you like it? Would you try it? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
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