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Published August 10, 2012, 09:35 AM

Paddle board yoga the latest exercise craze

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Some of us hit the tread-mill or bike for a workout but imagine waking up, and hitting the lake for your fitness program. In Detroit Lakes this summer, the latest craze is the "Paddle Board."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - Some of us hit the tread-mill or bike for a workout but imagine waking up, and hitting the lake for your fitness program. In Detroit Lakes this summer, the latest craze is the "Paddle Board."

Those paddle boards rent for $20 an hour.

Who wouldn't want to arrive for a morning work-out at the beach and on the lake?

For the past several weeks in Detroit Lakes, Ben Magnuson of SOL Surf Company has invited people to take part in morning yoga classes, on his paddle boards.

Michael Wick, Paddle Boarder: “The balance, it really gets your balance going. A great workout.”

Stretching, down-ward dogs, hands stands. A stiff workout on the waves, on a paddle board near the beach.

Ben Magnuson, SOL Surf Co.: “You’re working your calf muscles. You’re working your legs stabilizing the board, upper body, your shoulders, your biceps, your triceps. All-around it’s a full body workout.”

Now I can barely chew gum and walk at the same time so if I can stay on this board, pretty much anyone can.

Amanda Frieler, Paddle Boarder: “It’s different. I’ve never seen it before. I actually just moved here and I’ve never seen paddle boarding. I’ve never tried it. I saw the shop and was like ‘Woah. I need to try that.’”

It is such a great core workout competing with a breeze, the waves and the ongoing risk of falling off.

Brady Haggstrom, Paddle Boarder: “You just get a great workout on the lake.”

There is more to the board than just paddling around.

Jessica Eidenschink, Paddle Boarder: “I don't go to the gym anymore and this is completely different but it brings the difficulty up tenfold.”

Don't expect to do this on your first day.

What started as just an ocean sport has now spread to our Minnesota lakes. No excuses to skip a workout, even if you’re at the lake.

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