Hilton Head Outfitters Island Adventure Blog

Category: Paddleboarding

Have you ever heard of SUP, otherwise known as stand up paddleboarding? This growing watersport involves balancing on a surfing-type board while using a paddle to navigate your way through a waterway.

As you can imagine, this activity uses a lot of muscles – just think of the core muscles required to keep you balanced on that board! Because it’s such a full-body sport there are many health benefits. Here are 6:

1)      It uses almost every muscle – SUP literally uses almost every muscle in your body at some point! Get ready to be sore the next day J. But if you want a true full-body workout, you found it! It’s also great for cross training.

2)      Vary your workout intensity – Depending on the type of waters you choose to navigate, you can increase or decrease the difficulty of your workout. Choose to venture into the ocean surf, as we do here at Hilton Head Outfitters, for a more intense calorie burner, or choose a calmer area, such as a creek or inlet to keep it from being so challenging.

3)      Low impact – If pounding the pavement while running is too hard on your shins or hips, SUP can be a great low-impact alternative. When paddleboarding, you are much less likely to injure joints or muscles.

4)      It’s peaceful – SUP offers mental benefits, as well. Paddling your way through the water takes focus, which relieves your mind of all those stress-inducing thoughts. Plus, you’re making your way through a natural environment like Hilton Head, full of beauty at every turn from birds to fish to live oak trees.

5)      It’s a calorie burner – Because you have to use your whole body, SUP is a serious calorie burner. It’s a great activity to take up if you’re trying to lose weight. You may not even notice you’re working out with the natural beauty all around you!

6)      It improves balance – You must learn to stay balanced on the paddleboard lest you find yourself in the water! Many athletes would benefit from a greater sense of a balance and SUP can be a fun and fit way to improve in that area.

What looks fun about stand up paddleboarding to you? Would you be willing to try it?

To rent a stand up paddleboard, visit www.hiltonheadoutfitters.com or give us a call at 866-650-4132 and we’ll get you on your way to SUPing Hilton Head!

Hilton Head sport rentalsVacationing on Hilton Head Island with your sweetheart or just want to spend some one-on-one time with Mom or Dad? We’ve got lots of fun outdoor activities built for two! From kayaking to biking to fishing here are our top suggestions for twosome-time:

1)      Kayaking – We offer plenty of kayak rentals that seat two people and we just got in some new ones this year with special spots to securely hold your fishing rod. Head out on our 11-mile inland lagoon for some quiet time alone — just the two of you and nature. Be on the lookout for birds and fish and notice the beautiful oak trees, palms and flowers in bloom.

2)      Biking – Rent one of our tandem bikes and enjoy a day on the island pedaling together. Add one of our baskets to bring along your beach gear or a picnic lunch and stop at the perfect spot with a beautiful view. You’ll get plenty of time as a pair and you get some great exercise to boot.

3)      Canoeing – Our canoe rentals can also hold two – or more. There’s plenty of room in the canoe to pack all your gear for the day, perhaps a cooler and some Clif bar snacks from our store. Paddle the ocean waves and or enjoy a more leisurely paddle around our lagoon and see Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort as you’ve never seen it before.

4)      Fishing – Fishing together sets up the perfect time for conversation. While you’re waiting for our 50+ pound redfish Elvis to bite, spend some quality time together outside of your busy daily lives. Book one of our Hilton Head fishing charters, and be proud when you work together to reel in the big one.

5)      Paddleboarding – If you and your companion love a challenge or are a little more athletically inclined, we highly recommend trying stand up paddleboarding, or SUP. It’s a new activity you can learn together and it provides the same escape into nature as kayaking and canoeing. Paddle out into the waves of the Atlantic and get some great exercise doing this activity that works the entire body.

What are your favorite activities to do as a twosome?

For more information about Hilton Head bike rentals, kayak rentals, paddleboards and Hilton Head fishing charters, visit www.hiltonheadoutfitters.com or call 866-650-4132.

Hilton Head Beach Toys We love the water here at Hilton Head Outfitters! From our beautiful 11-mile inland lagoon system to the 3 miles of beach within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, we’ve got water everywhere and lots of activities to do on it!

Here are our recommendations for all the gear you’ll need for a safe – and fun — day on the water no matter what activity you’re doing. Be sure to visit our store just within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort to stock up.

Sunscreen – You can’t get out in the beautiful Carolina sunshine without being properly protected from the sun. Choose some water proof sunscreen in our store and be sure to reapply often.

Buffs – We love our Buffs for days out on the water. They offer sun protection for the face or head, as well as wind protection. They’re ideal for fishing, kayaking, running, biking and more and come in lots of stylish prints.

Toys – If you’re headed to the beach, we’ve got lots of fun activities to keep the whole family engaged like sand toys, Waboba balls that bounce on water, beach games and more. Come pick up a toy or two that everyone can get excited out.

Fishing gear – If you’re ready to reel in the big one, you’ll need the proper gear. We have a large selection of bait and tackle and fishing rods to help make you a fishing success.

Snacks – Stay fueled for all of your outdoor water activities. Choose from healthy selection of Clif products, or indulge and grab some Dippin Dots!

Gear – Whatever activity you’ll be doing, you’ll need the right gear. Browse our store for surf boards, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, skimboards, fishing equipment and more.

Now that you’re all geared up, go out there and get wet on Hilton Head Island!

If we can help you with bike, kayak or canoe rentals or fishing charters, visit us at www.hiltonheadoutfitters.com or give us a call at 866-380-1783.

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