How do watersports benefit your health and fitness?

Did you know official research has found that some of the fittest and happiest people are found in and on the water?

Research from Bayler University Medical Centre has proven that people doing watersports enjoy these fitness forms much more than their dry land counterparts.

Someone taking part in SUPing, one of many great outdoor adventure activities

The days are getting longer and the evenings are staying lighter, which means you have a lot more chance to enjoy outdoor adventure activities. But just how do watersports benefit you? We have taken a look at some of the ways below:

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the definition of a full body workout. You are required to balance on the board which engages muscles in the shoulders, core and hips. Using all of these key muscles helps you transfer the force from the water throughout your entire body.


Kayaking is a very rewarding water sport, and is a great way to relieve stress whilst offering fitness benefits at the same time. When your paddle enters the water and completes a good stroke, pretty much every muscles in your upper body is used, as well as some lower body muscles as well!

One of the best things about kayaking is that you can learn the basic skills in just a few days, meaning you can spend more time perfecting those skills, as well as learning new ones.


Surfing provides many benefits for your health, including improving your cardiovascular fitness from paddling out, shoulder and back strength from using your arms to paddle and core and legs strength from standing and balancing on the board.

It is also a great way to relieve any stress and tension you may be experiencing, and gets you out into the water, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Other benefits of watersports as a whole:

  • Water keeps you from tiring as easily, meaning you can exercise for longer which results in better fitness gains.
  • There is low impact resistance in watersports.
  • Watersports take place in beautiful surroundings, which helps to calm the mind and body.

These are just a few of the great benefits that are offered by watersports, so why not contact us today and come and experience them for yourself?