As a professional surfer, and the female that paved the way for Women’s Surfing, Lisa Andersen is certainly no stranger to the water. Consequently she also knows that the ocean doesn’t always play nice and that surf is not always on your side, so picking up a new sport like SUP seemed like a great way to stay in shape while being close to the water.
It’s time to rise and shine, and hop on board with your ROXY Outdoor Fitness Early Riser Shorts and Ambition Tee (perfect for breaking a sweat in while keeping you covered), and take Lisa’s paddle tips along for the ride.
STRETCHES: Before heading into the ocean, try doing a series of stretches to get warmed-up and loose to ensure you don’t get sore the morning after your paddle.
NECK – Before you beginning the stretch, loosen up your neck by gentling turning your head from side-to-side. To start the chin-to-chest stretch, slowly bend your head forward until your chin touches the top part of your chest. Hold this position for a count of five.
TRICEPS – Place your hand on your upper back with the elbow bend towards the sky & use your other hand to pull the elbow towards your head - Hold for between 10 and 30 seconds.
CHEST - Stand next to a palm tree and place the inside of bent arm on the palm trunk, position bent elbow shoulder height.
HIP FLEXOR - As seen in the picture, go into a lunge position. Keep your front knee at a 90 degree angle, keep your lower back straight, and gently push your hip flexor forwards while you lean back slightly.
SUP PADDLE TIPS:
EVEN PADDLE INTERVALS – Make sure you keep count of paddling evenly with each arm or you’ll quickly strengthen one side & create bigger problems in the future.
STANCE – Your feet should be parallel, about hip-width distance apart, centered between the rails (board edges). Don’t stand on the rails.
STYLE - Keep your arms straight and twist from your torso as you paddle. Think of using your torso to paddle rather than your arms. You have more strength in those abdominal muscles than in your arms.