SUP is one of the most enjoyable exercises. Once you get started, you cannot get enough of it. You will find yourself in the water, whenever you have some time to spare.
Everyone knows that standup paddle boarding is not just about fun. It comes with tremendous health benefits and helps with weight loss.
Speaking of weight…
How many calories will you burn standup paddle boarding? Since you will be spending a lot of time SUPing, it is important to know the number of calories burned. This will help you with your fitness goals.
SUP Calories Calculator
According to Captain Calculator, a person weighing 100 pounds uses 286 calories in one hour of paddling. A 200-pound SUPer would lose 573 calories.
The above numbers are estimates. There are several paddle boarding types such as SUP racing, yoga and recreational SUP. The number of calories you burn SUP racing is definitely higher than you would burn with leisure SUP.
So, let us look at each activity individually.
Calories Burned in Each Type of SUP
a. SUP Racing
This one is the most intense of them all. The number of calories you burn SUP racing is crazy, from about 713 to 1125.
Throughout the entire race, the body is working very close to your maximum heart rate. You are going fast and hard.
At that rate, you cannot hold a conversation.
With SUP racing, energy is not required for paddling only. You are still on the water and you have to maintain balance—which is harder to do when you are paddling and moving fast. You also face resistance from the wind and water conditions may not be working in your favor.
b. SUP Surfing
Catching waves on your paddleboard is thrilling. So much so that you may not realize how much work you are putting in.
When it comes to burning calories, it is one of the best exercises out there. First, because it is amazing. And second, because you burn 623 to 735 calories in an hour.
That’s a lot of calories; way more than you burn while lifting weights. You can burn more calories if you catch large waves—up to 900 calories in an hour.
Think about that the next time you have to choose between going to the gym and SUP surfing. Easy to decide, right?
c. SUP Touring
Touring on your paddleboard may not be considered intense. But it is quite efficient in burning calories. Although you paddle moderately, you cover a long distance. Most paddlers don’t stop because they are trying to get somewhere.
In an hour, you can expect to use anywhere from 615 to 708 calories. This is enough motivation to hit the water on a lazy afternoon. And it won’t be about calories only. It’s a good way to catch up with friends and clear your mind after a stressful day.
d. SUP Yoga
The benefits of yoga are well known.
When you observe someone doing yoga, you may think to yourself, “that looks easy.” Until you try it. But even after you do, it may not feel intense.
So, you might be surprised to learn that doing paddle board yoga poses on a standup paddleboard burns 416 to 540 calories. It is more challenging than doing it on the floor.
If the water is not very calm and you are attempting hard poses, you will get a good workout.
e. Recreational SUP
This is the most popular type of SUP. It is done leisurely in calm conditions.
As you can guess, you don’t burn many calories—compared to the other activities above. Expect to use 305 to 430 calories.
However, that is still a good number. Walking at the same pace only burns about half of that.
What Makes SUP a Good Exercise for Burning Calories?
This calculator helps you compare the number of calories burned with different activities. You will find several exercises that use as many calories as SUP racing—or get close. Running, for instance, is highly recommended.
But most of those activities, in all honesty, are brutal. SUP touring is something that you can do for hours and you will still be reluctant to call it a day. Running at high speed, on the other hand, is hard.
The good thing about SUP is that you barely feel tired. There are views to enjoy, friends to laugh with and new yoga poses to try.
It is easier for you to paddleboard for three hours than it is to dance vigorously or perform intense weight training for the same amount of time.
How to Burn More Calories
Three factors influence the number of calories that a participant will burn. They include body size, intensity, pace and, of course, time. The more, the faster and the harder you do something, the more calories your body will use.
But here is something else that many people don’t know: how you SUP determines the number of calories you burn.
Suppose a pro and beginner paddle side by side. The experienced paddler will most likely burn more calories. (All other factors held constant).
Why is that?
It is because the pro has a proper technique. This means that their stroke is powerful and they engage almost all their muscles.
If you want to take up paddling for weight loss, you have to work on your technique. Not only will it help with your goals, but it may prevent you from getting hurt.
Standup paddle boarding is one of the best exercises for burning calories. As they say, “Numbers don’t lie.”
The above figures were achieved by measuring the calories burned by paddlers doing the specific SUP activities for an hour.
If you want to use up many calories in a short amount of time, try SUP racing. Just make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard.
For those that prefer a relaxed activity, SUP yoga or recreational SUP would be perfect. It all depends on what your goals are.
More importantly, remember to have fun and take awesome photos.