Paddle boarding is a sport that I recently fell in love with. In my previous blogs, I did my best to explain some tips to stand up on the board and why I chose the board I did. In this blog post, I will explain why paddle boarding is one of the best exercises for your body. Since it’s a fun activity, a lot of people of all shapes and sizes love to participate in this sport. I mean come on, it’s so much more fun to be outside in the water, looking at the beautiful outdoor space that surrounds you then be in the gym staring at a television! Besides the benefit of beautiful views, stand up paddle boarding is a complete body workout. As a low impact exercise you won’t put any strain on your knees or ankles, while increasing balance, endurance and strength.

Of course the number of calories you burn depends on the amount of energy you put into it. You will burn more calories if you push yourself for an hour rather than a nice, relaxing paddle. SUP Fitness have broken down the level of paddle boarding into five categories, but I’ll be listing three below. Enjoy!

Surf Paddleboarding

Recreational Paddling – This is the most common type of paddle boarding people partake in. It’s an easy paddle as the weather is often beautiful. With light winds and calm waters, it’s similar to a slow walking pace but you will burn twice the calories. For paddling close to an hour, most adults will burn three hundred and five to four hundred and thirty calories.

Racing – Racing is the most intense out of the five categories. There is no slowing down in the hour and your cardiovascular system and heart rate are at maximum speed. Depending on how quick you paddle, the conditions of the water and the wind speed, the amount of calories burned can range. After following the Dana Ocean Challenge, a five mile paddle boarding race, doctors discovered that the majority of racers burn between seven hundred and thirteen to one thousand one hundred and twenty five calories. Often people get a bonus work out as they do their best to stabilize the board in choppy waters.

Surfing –  Many surfers pick up this type of paddle boarding because it helps to cross train and improve their board surfing skills. As waves get bigger and more powerful, the harder your body works which directly correlates into more calories burnt. They discovered that you can burn six hundred and twenty three to seven hundred and thirty five calories in the hour.

With so many different options for types of paddle boarding there, it’s not wonder this sport has really taken off in the past couple years. I hope this has helped to open



In recent years, it’s become nearly impossible to take a trip to the beach or drive on a bayfront road during the summer months and not see someone out in the water, standing up on a giant board, swinging a singular paddle across their body, gliding across the water.

Stand Up Paddleboarding, or SUP for short, marries the best parts of surfing and kayaking into one core-stimulating activity that hardly seems like exercise. Utilizing a longboard and outrigger paddles, SUPers stand up on the board and paddle. The challenge comes in that you’re standing on an unstable platform, forcing you to tap into your core strength while improving your cardio fitness, balance, and flexibility.

stand up paddleboardingAnd consumers are picking up on the trend. It’s become the fastest growing water sport in the world, as Cody White, certified PaddleFit instructor and co-founder of Finger Lakes Paddleboard pointed out that SUP gear sales have increased by approximately 200% in the last year. And it doesn’t discriminate: paddleboarding welcomes all ages and fitness-levels, and the community of paddleboarders is only growing, offering races, meetups, and classes across the United States.

Originating in Hawaii in the 1960s as a method for the Beach Boys of Waikiki to get a better view of the surf, the sport didn’t really take off until the 2000s, when pro surfers started utilizing the activity to remain active in the water when the ocean was too calm to surf. And the best thing about paddleboarding? You don’t need an ocean to do it.

“The beauty of paddleboarding is that you can do it on an ocean, lake, and even a river,” said White.

Another great thing about paddleboarding is that you don’t need to be a seasoned athlete or insanely fit individual to try it out. In fact, the key to paddleboarding has nothing to do with strength or level of expertise, and rather technique. Stance, knowing how to correctly interact with the board and paddle in conjunction with the water, as well as knowing how to both dis- and remount the board are all more valuable than if you were a professional athlete.

The best advice for beginners? Invest in a lesson. You will be taught the fundamental basic techniques to get you comfortably moving on your paddleboard, and in no time, you’ll be practicing paddleboard yoga!

Several Gators Show Interest in NFL 2016 Draft

As the NFL draft draws closer and closer, it’s no surprise that there will be several Florida Gator football team members interested in declaring for it. Set to occur on April 28th until April 30th in Chicago, the draft is an annual event where coaches from all the National Football League teams pick from a pool of eligible college players. It’s the most common and well known source of player recruitments. There have been many Florida Gators in the past who have been selected for the draft including Reggie Nelson, Elliott Smith, Max Starks and Tim Tebow – just to name a few. With such a rich history of providing pro level football players, many team members declare during their undergraduate years.

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This year, junior cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III announced his intentions to declare for the draft after SEC Championship Game this year. The Gators had faced Alabama for the ninth time in this Championship, and lost the game 15-29. His declaration surprised no one.

“This guy’s got a long future ahead of him,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said to Fox Sports. “We’re excited for him.”

Hargreaves has been projected as a possible first-round pick since his sophomore season with the Gators. He has proven his abilities to talent evaluators of the NFL time and time again. Whether he lands in the first round or early in the second one will remain unclear until draft day, but Vernon has the chance to go on and succeed in a sport he loves so much.

Hargreaves isn’t the first Gator to experience this situation though. A year ago, Dante Fowler Jr was Florida’s number one draft prospect. He left school a year early and was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft pick. As a result of his draft pick and a knee injury, Fowler decided to forgo his final season with the Gators.

Many other Gators are coming to the reality though: do they finish school or leave? More than five players from the current rosters have had interested in them and received feedback from the Draft advisory board. These players are Keanu Neal, Marcus Maye, Kevlin Taylor, Demarcus Robinson, Bryan Cox Jr, and Alex McCalister. While there are benefits to leaving, some may stay as it helps to raise their draft potentials and possibly have the best seasons of their academic careers.

January 18th, 2016 is the deadline for underclassmen to apply for the Draft.