Exercising on the Lake: Canoeing and Kayaking

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There are many reasons why people participate in canoeing and kayaking. One of the biggest reasons is the exercise that they get from this fun past time. Exercising on the lake with paddling provides aerobic, as well as cardiovascular training.

It also provides great upper body strength training. Both kayaks and canoes offer great benefits, regardless of the type of paddling that is performed. couple kayakingHere are the key benefits of canoeing and kayaking:

  • Weight Loss
  • Stress Reduction
  • Back Strength
  • Chest Strength
  • Arm Strength
  • Tones the Body
  • Overall Health
  • Boosted Immune System

Side Benefit

Although there are people that do paddle solely for the exercise since paddling works your back, arms, abs, and more. However, those who paddle because they love to paddle seem to reap more benefits over those who do it just for a workout.

This is because a person who loves something does not view it as a chore, they do it as much as possible since it is their hobby.


Anyone that paddles their own kayak or canoe even just once knows the amount of energy that is burned is high, and then even more so when lugging around the equipment.

There is lifting boats up, lowering them down, tying them to transportation, removing them from the transportation, and more so dealing with the rest of the gear. You may not even realize but you get a workout before you even hit the water!

Proper Technique

The most crucial consideration when you are paddling, especially when you are doing it for exercise, it to maintain the technique and to stretch before, as well as after the exercise. The repetitive nature of this sport can adversely cause some wear and tear on the joint when postures and technique is not kept in mind.

Some of the injuries that happen is when the canoe is lifted and carried to and from the water. Learning, as well as using proper lifting techniques, paddling techniques, and postures will reduce the risk of injuries.

Enjoy Your Exercise

As if you needed another reason to get out on the water, the fact stays the same that you will not only enjoy paddling, but you will soon see a large increase in your overall health due to the amount of exercise that you receive from this sport.

You will also enjoy the scenery. The water and wilderness offers a sense of peace and calm. You will relax your mind while you are exercising your body.


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