After reading Claire’s article on bringing your workout to the great outdoors, I was inspired to get out there and try something new in terms of exercise. I’ve spent a lot of time up in New Hampshire at Lake Winnipesauke with my boyfriend and his family these past two summers and just last week, I was able to get to try paddleboarding! I was a little intimidated at first but after watching Marc’s relatives test it out a few times, I thought I’d give it a try myself and I’m glad I did!

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When I first got on the board, I was a little nervous and that nervous energy started to make the board move in a way that made me feel likeĀ  I was about to get thrown off. However, once I realized that it was just my first-timer nerves and not the board that was shaky, I felt a lot calmer and thus was better able to balance and focus on what I was doing. Even when the wind or the waves were rocking the board, I knew that my reaction was what would make or break the experience so I just stayed calm and that was pretty much the trick to the whole thing!

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After getting the hang of it, I started trying to go out farther on the lake and I even tried racing Marc back to the shore (I won by a long shot*) and I really started to enjoy getting out on the water.

Paddleboarding is literally so much fun it doesn’t even seem like exercise. . . until a day later your triceps are sore because of all the paddling! Either way, I found it to be an awesome way to get out in nature, soak up some sun, exercise and have fun!

* Kidding

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Have you ever tried paddle boarding?


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