COVID changed the world.
It really did, places we all used to feel safe in, now have an eery feeling to them. The outdoor world stopped for a while as we sat and watched the world almost pass us by. We are now in the state of starting to come out of that, but the fear of COVID is still real and still here. That being said the CDC has always stated that being outside is good not only for your mental health but also for your immune system. We've as a company have been watching as our country is slowly open again, and we thought we'd wait until everyone could safely be outside before we talked about this.
Not to sound too bias... but
Paddling is the perfect socially distant sport.
But actually, I doubt you'll find something better and here's why.
1) If You're Sick the Last Thing You Want to do is Paddle.
Being on a SUP is not an easy task no matter how experienced you are. Therefore if you are not feeling in tip-top shape, being on a paddleboard is the LAST place you would go. So right there, you are eliminating a bunch of sick people. Also, if you are sick, you will also stay indoors keeping your germs to yourself. That's an all-around win for everyone involved.
2) No One Can Get Near You
The CDC recommends keeping 6 feet of distance between you and someone who is not in your household. When you are on a Paddleboard front to back you are at least 10 feet away from anyone else. We call this natural social distancing. Also if someone does get a little too close to you.. that's why you have a paddle.. just push them away ;)
But actually.. look how easy it is to stay away from people, and still get an incredible view. The introvert in me LOVES this about paddling. I never have to worry about people coming up for a hug, or coughing on me. Now with COVID, it's just a selling point.
3) Exercise is GOOD for You
To have a healthy immune system and proper working lymph nodes your body needs movement. Paddling is a full-body workout that creates movement throughout. Yoga helps participants control their breath, their mind, and focus inward on the body. SUP Yoga is one way to still feel the normalcy of a yoga class with the breath of fresh air that outside is. If that's not enough to convince you, remember what we said above.. no one is close to you. You have your own space that's floating and no one can touch you. That's a win in my book.
4) SUP's are Super Easy to Disinfect.
Think about it, you spend most of your time standing on your feet while on a SUP. Naturally, you are touching less, but on top of that, because there are a limited amount of spaces you can touch, it's very easy to disinfect the entire process. The board, paddle, and leash can all get cleaned very simply.
It takes about 60 seconds.
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5) Paddle Boarding is Super Fun
I really don't know how to expand this topic other than.. everything we've mentioned above.. and to top it off... it's also really fun.