Paddleboarding Your Way to Fitness

As Summer approaches, we'll be seeing people of all shapes, sizes and ages beginning to take up interest in paddleboarding.  For some, this is their favorite pass time on the water, but for others this is actually a great way to get in a full body workout.

Paddleboarding just might be a new venture of fitness, especially if you are tired of your typical workout routines at your crowded gym.

Stand up paddleboarding is a great way to get in Summer shape (aka: SUP)! Imagine exercising on the ocean, lake or river living the REEL Lifestyle you choose, while breathing in the fresh air, soaking up the warm sun, and enjoying the epic in person panoramic views of mother nature.

As REEL Lifestyle's Fitness Expert, I have researched the four most common types of paddleboarding exercises, plus the respective calorie burn estimates for a one hour session to help you feel comfortable with stepping outside of your current fitness comfort zone!


  • Paddleboarding can also be known as Paddleboard Surfing. Surfers call it some of the best cross training you can do to improve your surfing. Of course, the bigger and rougher the waves, the harder you work which translates to more calories burned. ~ 623-735 in one hour. 
  • Paddle boarding can also be known as Paddleboard Racing. I feel through researching that this might be the highest intensity category of paddle boarding where there is no slowing down, your heart rate and cardiovascular are at full throttle. Calorie burn can vary greatly depending on stroke intensity, stroke form, wind speed, and water conditions. ~ 713-1,115 in one hour. 



  • Paddleboarding can also be known as SUP Yoga. It can be calming and meditative, but also exhilarating and will provide you with an intense workout for the mind, body and spirit. I would suggest being in tune with your yoga exercise before doing your first session of yoga on the Paddleboard as you'll definitely need that balance! ~ 416-540 calories in one hour

  • The most common type of stand up paddleboarding is recreational use which is an easy paddle with calm water, light winds at a slow walking type pace. At a typical casual pace, you’ll burn about twice the calories you’d burn on a moderate paced walk (2.5 mph).
    ~ 305-430 calories in one hour

*The calorie burn estimates are based on an average of three people of different sizes (165-200lbs) & 1 hour of paddling. 


We hope you enjoy YOUR REEL Lifestyle fitness on the water! Any questions, feel free to comment below and we can get back to you with answers. 

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