There are lots of ways to lose weight but the majority of them are pretty grueling and feel like a chore. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an exercise out there that was fun and got you fit? It turns out this isn’t too much to ask, and there’s a reason all those surfers are so toned, tanned, and healthy! Watersports are a one-stop shop for those looking to have fun, socialize, and get fit, all at the same time. Take a look at this guide to some of the best watersports out there…
Paddleboarding originated in Hawaii and has been adopted by those who love to get fit in the water. SUP is a particularly popular branch of this watersport where you stand up on the board and propel yourself forward with a paddle. This is a seriously good way to strengthen your core and develop abs. Balance and strength are so important if you’re to stay upright, and this gives you quite the workout.
Don’t worry, though, even if you’re new to paddleboarding, hauling yourself out of the water and back onto the board in a workout in itself! You’ll need a board and a wetsuit for stand up paddleboarding. Get your friends involved and it can be a great way to socialize. Pros have even been known to do yoga poses on their boards whilst out in the open sea!
If you’re a fan of adrenaline fuelled activities, you probably love waterskiing and wakeboarding. Wakeskating is the next in a long line of fun boat-type watersports. Similar to waterskiing, you are towed behind a boat, standing on a wakeskate. Where the sport differs is that there are no bindings and you have to wear water-draining wakeskating shoes. This is a great sport if you’re looking for a thrilling workout. Once again balance is key and you’ll be tightening your core the entire time. You’ll lose a lot of weight due to the high energy nature of this sport. Pros like to do tricks like spinning slipping. These require lots of flexibility and endurance to do successfully. Start off by having some lessons to get the hang of it before going it alone.
Whether you’d love to try your hand at gliding down some serene lakes or want to get in the thick of it in some rapids, kayaking is the sport for you. The amazing thing about this sport is that you don’t need any lessons to start. All abilities are welcome, and where you kayak and for how long is simply adjusted to suit your capabilities. If you’re new to kayaking you’ll start off by mastering the rowing technique and maneuvering as a team. That’s another great thing about this water-based workout, you can team up and work together. This is great for toning up arms as you pull yourself through the water. You’ll be surprised at how difficult it can be!