After having practice and researching about paddle boarding, I feel like I have plenty of learning to do but I have found a new sport that will keep me active. My end goal was to be able to paddle board without falling for a good distance and I did so. I still have room for improvement because my form is not where it needs to be. I am still leaning forward and scared to fall at times. I need to be more relaxed and learn how to change directions when paddle boarding. There was a point where a boat was coming my way and I couldn't change directions so I stopped paddle boarding. I felt like diving into the water but I wasn't going fast enough to get in the way of the boat. Overall, I will continue to find great places to paddle board and know more about the sport.
The History of Paddle Boarding
I can imagine people in the past paddle boarding in search of food or to get to a destination that requires to pass a river, ocean, or lake. I'm sure these people did not look at paddle boarding as a sport but more of something that was needed to do to reach their end goal. Sometimes I feel that the world we live in is lazy because we now have cars, motorcycles, and trucks to get us to where we want to go. According to Supworldmagazine, Ancient cultures from Africa to South America used boards, canoes, and other watercraft propelled with a long stick to fish, travel, make war, and even ride waves. Warriors in parts of Africa stoop up in dugout canoes and used their spears as paddles to move silently into enemy territory." I don't think no one knows when paddle boarding was first started but it sure had a great amount of purpose. Now people just see this sport as something fun to do on the weekend. I am beginning to find this sport more intriguing every minute I find more information on paddle boarding.
Benefits of Paddle Boarding
Since I am a physical education teacher, I wanted to research the benefits of paddle boarding. At first, when paddle boarding I realized that the next day I felt sore throughout my body. I felt tired and exhausted when paddle boarding for distance the second time I tried it at Harbor Beach (Oceanside, CA). It is to my understanding that this sport is a full body workout. This sport is great for the core because one is constantly trying to maintain balance and it does wonders for the body because it requires the legs and the torso to be in constant motion. People's overall health and fitness levels will increase and become more energetic throughout the day. In addition, an article that I came across that provides evidence of these benefits helped me understand what paddle boarding does to our body.
Common Mistakes While Paddle Boarding