“During a hard training session, people often ask me, “What are you training for?” My response is … ‘Life.’”
When you’re a professional athlete, fitness bleeds into everything you do. It drives and supports training, diet, daily routine, how you perform at any given moment, literally anything you can think of.
As a poster girl for fitness, it’s not surprising Candice loves being active and is an expert on keeping her body in peak condition. Being physically fit demands ongoing commitment and discipline. It energizes the body as much as it benefits the mind. For an athlete, there’s no mental fitness—the ability to step up and bring your “A” game—without physical fitness.
According to NASA’s website, “Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion at a constant velocity will remain in motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” While Newton may not have been describing a human body, it’s tough to deny the parallel between his law and the connection between physical motion (being active) and physical fitness (the ability to continue activity).
When you stop moving, or when weather keeps you from doing the outdoor activities you love, you may find yourself getting sluggish—depressed even. Often times, it can be hard to get out of this “no movement, feel sluggish” cycle. But when you’re constantly moving and keeping active, it’s much easier to keep going—or to stay in motion, as Newton puts it.
As our bodies age, it is especially important to keep moving, so we can remain strong and healthy, so we can continue to achieve our physical goals—and, as older age sets in, even accomplish regular, everyday tasks.
That’s where stand-up paddling really shines. It’s a full-body workout that anyone can do, no matter their age, athletic ability or experience. SUP offers something physically active, life-propelling and rewarding to everyone.
Fitness is the foundation of Candice’s athletic achievement. It’s at the very heart of her Queen of SUP-dom. Most importantly, through SUP, getting fit is something all of us can enjoy and achieve.