Why Winter Paddle Boarding Is Great For Your Mind & Body
Posted by Jordan Curet
Winter paddle boarding may not be the first activity that comes to mind when you think of the colder months, but it can actually be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise during the winter season. Here are just a few reasons why winter paddle boarding can be a great experience:
1. Scenic views: Paddle boarding in the winter can offer some truly breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. With the leaves off the trees, you can often see further and enjoy a clearer view of the scenery. The colder weather can also lead to crystal clear skies, making for some great photo opportunities.
2. Solitude: Getting out on the water can be a great way to escape the crowds and enjoy some solitude on the water. With fewer people out on the water, you can enjoy a peaceful and calming experience as you glide across the surface of the water.
3. Exercise: Paddle boarding is a great full-body workout that can help to improve your strength, balance, and endurance. In the winter, it can be especially beneficial to get outside and get some exercise to help combat the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and boost your mood.
4. Therapeutic: Being out on the water and surrounded by nature can be incredibly therapeutic and can help to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being. In the winter, it can be especially important to find ways to relax and unwind, and paddle boarding can be a great way to do just that.
5. Unique experience: Winter paddle boarding can be a unique and memorable experience that you won't find in other outdoor activities. Whether you're gliding through a snowy landscape or enjoying the crisp, cold air on the water, it's an experience that you'll remember for a long time.
Before you head out on the water, it's important to prepare properly and take safety precautions to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
1. Dress appropriately: It's important to stay warm and dry while you're out on the water. Wear a wetsuit or drysuit to help keep you warm and insulated, and consider wearing a hat and gloves to protect your hands and head from the cold.
2. Use the right equipment: Make sure you have the right equipment for paddling in cold weather, including a properly sized paddleboard and paddle.
3. Stay hydrated: It's important to stay hydrated, even in the colder months. Bring plenty of water with you on your paddle boarding trip and take breaks to drink as needed.
4. Be aware of the weather: Pay attention to the weather forecast before you head out on the water and plan accordingly. If the weather is particularly cold or stormy, it may be best to stay on shore.
5. Know your limits: It's important to listen to your body and know your limits. If you start to feel cold or uncomfortable, take a break and warm up before continuing your paddle boarding trip.
Overall, winter paddle boarding can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and find some solitude and relaxation. With the right preparation and safety precautions, it can be a rewarding and memorable experience. So why not give it a try and see for yourself just how great winter paddle boarding can be?
This article was written by Julian Kidd, the owner and CEO of Green Water Sports. Julian has been paddling, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing most of his life. Originally from Australia, via the Caribbean, he now resides in the US and is always keen for a paddle board session. SUP wave riding is his passion but he’s keen to explore new locations with the go-anywhere portability and convenience inflatable paddle boards offer.