The SUP fitness secret is out, and many are discovering the fat burning, weight loss, and muscle toning benefits of stand up paddle boarding. But just how many calories does paddle boarding burn?
For starters, we know that the simple act of standing burns 206 calories an hour. When you stand, your leg and back muscles are continually firing in order to keep you balanced and upright.
Standing on a paddle board requires much more energy because of the additional balance required, so the calories being burned while standing in a stationary position on your paddle board increases significantly. Add recreational paddling to the mix, and you’ll most likely be burning between 300 or 400 calories an hour.
Obviously, more intense paddle boarding such as SUP racing, touring, or surfing will only increase the amount of calories you’re burning each hour. Burning 1,000 calories per hour is very attainable when dealing with these types of SUP activities.
…There’s an App for That
To get a more precise measure of how many calories you’re burning while paddle boarding, we highly recommend the wonderful Runtastic PRO app for iOS (iPhone) and Android phones.
Once inside the app, you can add stand up paddle boarding as your fitness activity and Runtastic will track your total calories burned, paddling speed and distance, heart rate, and much more. The app is super easy to use, and will give you a much more exact measurement of how many calories you are burning while paddle boarding.
At the end of the day, stand up paddle boarding is a super fun, low-impact way to exercise and burn calories. It’s not difficult, and is an activity that all ages can enjoy. If you’re looking for a great way to burn calories, lose weight, and improve muscle tone and core strength, we’d highly recommend giving it a try.