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Can Stand-up Paddle Boarding Help Me Lose Weight?

February 10, 2023
Paddle Boarder Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains

In one of our more recent blogs, we answered the age-old question, “What are the health benefits of stand-up paddle boarding?” Now, for a sequel of sorts, we’d like to address another very common question related to health and fitness, “Can stand-up paddle boarding help me lose weight?” As always, our team at Atoll Boards has everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

Stand-up Paddle Boarding Can Burn a Ton of Calories

As we detailed in another blog post, stand-up paddle boarding can burn a ton of calories. Even during a leisurely paddle, you can still burn more than 300 calories per hour. Or, if you’re looking to work up a sweat, a more active paddle can easily burn more than 400 calories per hour. Either way, you’re likely burning around twice as many calories you would while walking around your neighborhood at the same intensity. This, of course, is just the beginning. When you look into other types of activities you can do on top of a paddle board, such as yoga, touring, surfing, or racing, you can genuinely burn anywhere from 400 to 1100 calories per hour! For more information, click here to check out our blog all about it! 

A Low-Impact Workout That Exercises Your Entire Body

One of the biggest reasons why stand-up paddle boarding can burn a ton of calories is the fact that it is a low-impact workout that exercises your entire body. First, low-impact refers to the fact that paddling doesn’t take a toll on your body; more specifically, it doesn’t leave you with the wear-and-tear effect of hurting or injuring your muscles, joints, etc. Rather, it simply strengthens them in a much more comfortable, sustainable, and consistently effective experience. Better yet, unlike other high-impact activities, paddling is relatively easy to keep up with as you get older. Again, this is because it isn’t taking a toll on your body; instead, paddling just strengthens your joints, muscles, core, and so much more – all while burning hundreds of calories per hour. 

Paddle Boarder Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains


To summarize, each time you go stand-up paddle boarding, you’re working out several parts of your body: arms, shoulders, chest, legs, core, etc. What’s more, you’re doing it in a very safe, controllable, and sustainable way that will continue to be effective and comfortable for many, many years to come. Trust us, you’ll feel the burn sometimes, but not in a way that hurts your body; rather, it truly only makes it stronger, tougher, and more physically fit. 


So, in conclusion, yes, stand-up paddle boarding can absolutely help you lose weight. Just keep with it. Remember, these things can take some time, so don’t be discouraged if you’re not seeing results as quickly as you’d like. Trust the process and keep up the great work! 

Contact Our Team at Atoll Boards

As always, if you have any further questions about this topic, our signature stand-up paddle boards, or anything else, please feel free to contact our team at Atoll Boards today. You can also give us a call at 877-698-8581 or send us an email at We would be more than happy to help you in any we can. Until then! 

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