At Sea to Sky Paddle Fit, our goal is to support you in the pursuit of an active outdoor lifestyle. We love to sweat and believe in the holistic power of fitness not only for physical health, but for mental and emotional health.
When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins - a natural mood elevator. When we feel stronger and become more fit, we also feel more confident in ourselves, and can perform everyday tasks, or practice our favourite sports with greater ease.
We also believe that mother nature’s elements provide an important pathway to physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.
Research has shown that exercising in nature can have benefits above and beyond just the physical benefits of exercise. According to Dr. Greg Wells, Kinesiologist at the University of Toronto, exercising outdoors can improve mental well-being, self-esteem and can even help with fighting depression.
Training, exercising and participating in activities outdoors can also help people stick to their exercise programs, according to one 2004 study. The study found that people who exercised outdoors were more likely to adhere to their programs than those who trained indoors.
According to Wells, being surrounded by plants and trees can also have a positive effect on our bodies. Phytoncides, a chemical emitted by plants to protect themselves from fungus, bacteria and insects, is also beneficial to humans. When you spend time in the forest, there is an increase in cells that circulate through your body and kill bacteria, viruses, fungus and other invaders.
With evidence to suggest the physical, mental and emotional benefits of both indoor and outdoor exercise, we offer fun outdoor fitness opportunities in and around Vancouver, including Stand Up Paddling (SUP) classes - SUP lessons, SUP Yoga, Surfer's Sculpt SUP Fitness, Run & SUP Series - as well as outdoor fitness trips with our sister companies, Paddle Into Fitness and Girls Gone Wilderness . While we love the outdoors; we believe that sweating indoors and out are both inherently good - we just want to give you the choice!
Our current services include:
Stand Up Paddle (SUP) lessons, SUP Yoga, Surfer's Sculpt SUP Fitness, Run & SUP Series and other special events
Outdoor fitness trips every few months in partnership with Girls Gone Wilderness
Vision, Mission & Values
Vision: Optimal health and self-love is achieved and sustained through a fun balance of fitness, wellness, nutrition, play and rest, both indoors and out.
Mission: To offer unique opportunities for outdoor fitness and paddling to help you stay active by nature.
We believe balance is require for optimal health; balance between work, fitness, wellness, nutrition, play and rest to achieve a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
We value relationships with people; we nurture connection and care deeply about our clients and students. · We believe that the outdoors provide an invaluable conduit to physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.
· We thrive on, and encourage, physical activity, fitness and a lifestyle that is fun, playful, wholesome and inspiring.
We believe in healthy lifestyle changes that focus on living better, not "perfectly'. In other words, we believe in balance.
We prefer "strong and healthy" over thin and skinny.
· We encourage healthy, active outdoor lifestyles that are complemented by a healthy, whole and sustainable nutritional diet. We also believe there is no "one size fits all" solution to nutrition and eating.
· We are humbled by nature, its forces and its beauty and strive to be responsible environmental stewards of the earth.