Being comfortable and stable on the paddleboard allows more effort spent on paddling and less on just trying to stay balanced. Getting your balance and technique in place maximizes calories burned stand up paddleboarding. Practice paddling with a strong full-body stroke that has the muscles in your legs, back, and core all working hard. This technique makes for the most effective calorie burn.
Looking up SUP calorie burn numbers on the internet shows those which are targeted at experienced paddleboarders. Here are some general numbers for people who weigh between 165 and 200 pounds:
- Recreational 305-430
- Yoga 416-540
- Touring 615-708
- Surfing 623-735
- Racing 713-1125
Variables such as current weight, body fat percentage, age, gender, paddling intensity, fitness level, metabolism speed, experience, technique, and weather all play a role in the calories burned. That complexity shouldn’t deter you or make you feel overwhelmed about getting it right. Instead, use it as encouragement. Every little bit helps! Simply focus on your paddle technique and you’ll see improvements across the board.