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Jodelle Fitzwater
Sup for Sleep | How Our Favorite Sport Helps Fight Sleep Deprivation
Sup for Sleep  by Jodelle Fitzwater You’d love to paddle more, but your chronic sleep deprivation is starting to take it’s toll, and energy is lacking. The CDC reported recently that 35% of our nation is not getting enough sleep.  And lack of sleep has a dramatic effect on everything from your performance at work...
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Girl’s SUP Out | REI Outessa Women’s Adventure Summit
Girl’s SUP Out! “There may be no better weekend for a woman, than a “girl’s weekend”. Combine that with SUP, the wild outdoors, loads of coffee by day, and wine by night and most gals are already packing their bags for what’s known as the REI Outessa Women’s Adventure Summit. A unicorn in a field...
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GET YOUR KIDS “ON BOARD” I swivel my head around at all the water surrounding me. I gaze on in awe at the beauty of nature ahead of me, as I hear the lap of the water against my SUP. And then I look down and see Love staring back up at me, in the...
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3 Slimming Pilates Core Exercises To Make Your Abs Pop!
The weather is warmer, and your SUP is ready but perhaps your six-pack abs haven’t quite showed up yet. Here’s a quick Pilates-based workout I’ve put together to get them pop like an umbrella in a rainstorm! This workout consists of 3 exercises done in a circuit style. Aim for 30 seconds-1 minute of each...
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Swimsuit season is just around the corner, therefore, if you want to fill out those bikini bottoms with a bit more “oomph” I’ve got a simple, yet effective Pilates-based sequence of exercises to boost your bum in no time! And when done out on the water instead of a stuffy gym, you will reap all...
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Can Sup Help You Burn Stubborn Body Fat?
A new study says specifically says yes! The Journal of Sport Sciences did some extensive testing on both elite stand up paddlers, as well as recreational stand up paddlers, against a sedentary group and found that for sure, those who stand up paddle have lower levels of body fat. In addition to that, they found...
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I may be a little bias, but in my professional opinion, Stand up paddling is the best form of exercise around. Resistance training through the water, functional fitness by standing, and cardio + core with every stroke…not to mention Vitamin D, and fresh air to boot; something you would never get in a stuffy gym....
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SUP - Moving Medicine
It’s hard watching someone who at one point in time was so vivacious, full of energy, and smart as a whip become a shell of themselves, bedridden, and unable to tell their bodies to do the things they want to do. Welcome to caring for someone with Parkinson’s.  It may be hard for us to...
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I’d seen it done, and decided my SUP bucket list had to contain it too. Paddling the Venice Canals in Italy. So, with a 35 lbs. BiC SUP Inflatable SUP Air attached to my back and my one-year-old baby girl in a carrier attached to my front, a 9 hour red-eye flight, and hopping on...
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Active Relaxation. That’s the name of the game when I go on vacation. I wanna see the sights, go where the locals go, experience new nature and landscapes and environments never breathed in by my body before. And I want to relax, but there is too much to see to relax in a pool lounge...
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What are three of my most favorite things? Stand up paddling, coffee, and travel. And in this blog, I’ll begin to take you on a journey of some of the World’s Best of unheard of locales with sup-able waters just waiting to be paddled, the world’s best places to stay when you get there, and...
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The first SUP race I did, I came in second….to last That’s due to the fact that I don’t have a competitive bone in my body, and I would stop and let people pass me on the buoy turns so they wouldn’t fall over. As the saying goes,“If you can’t be an athlete, be an...
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Tips to Maximize Your Fun on Your Next Sup Session featured
Paddle-“bored” or Paddleboarding??  Paddle”bored”.  Definition:  an adjective to describe someone who tried SUP for their first few times and didn’t find the thrill in it, but rather finds themselves bored with the whole experience.  It doesn’t happen often in my experience when dealing with newcomers to SUP, but it does happen. And sometimes it can even...
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It was a dense fog, and 5:30 in the morning but I was determined. I had my 40 miles in mind, my map in a waterproof bag, a good bout of water and my favorite homemade energy bites, and a stealth-bomber of a SUP board – everything I needed to complete the honorable task at...
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I knew I got into teaching SUP for more than just the fact that while some jobs offer corner offices with a window, I get to have an office on top of the glassy, calm waters of my local lake, and be able to teach fun for a living. I knew this line of “work”...
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Attention watermen and water women, It’s sup season, and time to get those abs up to par! Now you can with sup V-ups! Three different levels to choose from means anyone (and everyone) can and should try this to trim and tone the abs! Here’s how: Level 1 Beginner-friendly: Sit on your board, with knees...
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The most fun and pinnacle moment in my SUP lifestyle was the moment I looked over to the support boat next to me and saw the two small children that I had set out to paddle for, smile and clap for me. Jayden and Brooklyn were two of my friends’ children who had been diagnosed...
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Free Your Mind and the REST Will Follow… There is something magically meditative about standup paddling. Whether catching an intense wave in some serious surf, or stroking through silky, flat water with crisp morning air at your face, your mind is able to turn off all the many “open apps” and experience a calming freedom....
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Pushups are a great way work the upper body, and specifically to completely burnout the triceps (the back of the arms). When done on a SUP, the challenge only increases especially right after you’ve paddled your brains out for a bit. So use this sequence to fry those tri’s at the end of a good...
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While eating pumpkin pie can leave you with a pot-belly, this workout using a pumpkin will leave you with a lean, mean, pumpkin-pie burning machine. Create “gourd-geous” toned muscles from head to toe with this total body circuit done with only 3 exercises. You will need a SUP, a paddle, (always good to have a...
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Carve Out Some Ripped Shoulders with the SUP “Pumpkin Perfect Arms” Exercise Grab your SUP, grab your paddle, grab a pumpkin and get pumped about getting “gourd”-eous arms! This exercise works the shoulders, triceps and biceps. Aim for 3 sets of 10-15, and pick a pumpkin that’s between 5-10 lbs. To begin: Stand on your...
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In case you still have your uncarved pumpkin laying around…Here are 5 exercises you can do on your SUP using only a pumpkin for some great fall fun! [author image=”http://standupjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Jodelle-Fitzwater1.jpg”>Jodelle Fitzwater “Jodelle Fitzwater is the Midwest Ambassador for BiC SUP and Certified Fitness Trainer for SUP TV. She is also a self-proclaimed mermaid because she...
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Paddle board Plank Punches 3
Ready to punch up your plank and add a little balance challenge to your SUP core workouts? Then I’ve got a fun little exercise that will stimulate greater abdominal strength while strengthening pecs and shoulders too! Try it today and punch up your SUP workouts To begin: Start in plank position with your elbows on...
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Jodelle Fitzwater walks through an entire Pilates on Paddleboard routine. By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including: Improved core strength and stability. Improved posture and balance. Improved flexibility. Prevention and treatment of back pain
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Looking to tone the bag of your arms so there is no jiggle in your “waving goodbye”? Well along with a nice steady paddle session, look no further than these simple and fun exercises you can do the next you hit the water! SUP Side-lying Presses Begin by laying on your right side with your...
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