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PADDLECHICA: Mental Toughness - The Mental Game of Paddling

PADDLECHICA: Mental Toughness - The Mental Game of Paddling

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. In the middle of a recent training session I started thinking about how many parts of my body were hurting. I let my mind wander and it became my worst enemy. I started questioning why in the heck I put myself through the hour-long torture session we affectionately call “training,” especially at 5:45 in the morning. My mind started to take over and sadly I willingly let it. The truth is, paddling is a mental game. Obviously technique is important, and you can’t neglect the physical strength and proficiency needed for competing. But without...

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PADDLECHICA: 10 Things to Let Go of to Improve Your Paddling

PADDLECHICA: 10 Things to Let Go of to Improve Your Paddling

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. We train hard. We go to practice. We remain focused. We set goals. We work hard to achieve them. Yet inevitably there are things standing in our way, preventing us from improving at the rate we would like to. All too often, we focus on the things we think we need, rather than things we need to get rid of. Perhaps it’s time to take a look at things to eliminate in our life in order to see the improvements we so desperately desire. Here is a list of 10 things to let go of in order...

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Going to SUP? Here's What You Should Eat

Going to SUP? Here's What You Should Eat

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This article was originally published on Hornetwatersports.com. No matter whether you’ve paddle boarded on the calmest of waters, or you’ve gone SUPing on adrenaline boosting downwinds, one of the questions you’ve probably asked yourself is, “what should I eat when paddleboarding?” Being out on the water for long periods of time is exhausting. You’re working your core to the max. After facing the resistance of the water as you power yourself forward, you’re going to be hungry. More than that, you’re going to need nutrition. Nutrition Tips for SUP Nutrition doesn’t just happen while you’re on the water. To feel...

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Can a Stand Up Paddle Board Give You a Good Workout?

Can a Stand Up Paddle Board Give You a Good Workout?

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This article was originally published on Hornetwatersports.com. One cool thing about stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is that you can vary your experience from exhilarating to relaxing. You can choose to go downwind at high speeds, through challenging waters, or find a calm lake to practice yoga on your paddleboard. No matter the style of SUP you choose, one thing is certain: SUP is good exercise. How many calories does paddleboarding burn? Specifying the number of calories you’ll burn while paddleboarding is hard to do. That’s because the number varies greatly depending on which activity you’re involved in. If you’re paddleboarding...

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PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

PADDLECHICA: The Seven Deadly Sins of Paddling and How You Can Avoid Them

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com.   1. Not Warming Up Properly Too many paddlers jump into a boat for a training session or even a race without a sufficient warmup. Dynamic stretching at least 15- 45 minutes before hitting the water is crucial to get your muscles well-lubricated and ready to fire. A light run is beneficial to raise your total body temperature and get your body ready for vigorous activity, but you also need to be doing active stretches. Shoulder circles, hip circles, leg swings, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, etc. all help get your body loosened up and prepared...

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