With all this wonderful sunshine we’re having in Europe this summer, the lakes have certainly been a favourite place to escape to for many of us. Doesn’t it make you wish to magically have a sixpack stomach – at least just for summer time – haha. Imagine, taking up stand up paddling (SUP) may just be the answer.
Without even realising you are exercising, standing up on that board, keeping balance and paddling is a brilliant way to work your abdominal muscles. In fact the rockier the waters the better. Paddling against a stream force is also brilliant for working your muscles even harder.
Your leg muscles also get to have fun helping the core in keeping your balance. In fact SUP is the perfect cross-trainer, providing both aerobic and strength-based training. If you get tired standing it becomes even easier paddling on your knees.
Out on the water in full sunlight it is of course important to be dressed right. So keep reading for more about “Stand Up Paddling – Why it’s Great Exercise and What to Wear”.
Stand Up Paddling – Why it’s Great Exercise and What to Wear
Three things you really need to take into account when deciding what to wear whilst stand up paddling:
- Sun protection
No amount of sunscreen is ever going to protect shoulders and upper body enough when spending longer amounts of time on the water.
Whatever you wear should be comfortable and certainly not weigh you down if you fall into the water – almost inevitable as a beginner – smile.
3. Good fit
Wear something that fits well and doesn’t move around as you paddle.
Recently I have come across a new high quality sustainable UV swimwear brand – “Lake-You Swimwear“, which can be used for both swimming and Fitness. Look at your best inside and outside of the water. Every piece is timeless and will look good for several years to come.
One of their main pieces is this stylish sleeved swim suit. I love that the regenerated nylon fabric is super light but fits well and covers up tricky places such as shoulders and decoulte. The zip in the front allows you to open it for a more dressed up look once you are out of the water. Or even on the water if you wish.
Here I have teamed my suit up with a matching skirt made out of the same uv protective fabric. I love the fact you can play with the length on each side and that it dries in minutes.
The freedom of wearing a skirt that seamlessly transitions between wet and dry environments is unbeatable
Team the skirt with a t-shirt or blouse and it makes a great city skirt – perfect for Summer vacation.
It is also often used as a tennis skirt – the styling options are truly endless.
Swan Swimsuit – available here in 2 other colours as well
Wave Skirt – available here in 2 more colours
Check out the Lake-You Swimwear website for more versatile swimwear pieces:
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