How to Kayak Safely in High Water

Kayak Safely in High Water

It’s time to try something new – get a workout on the water. Yes, ON the water! Kayaking can give a great workout.

Tired of racing to the gym to get to class on time? Can’t find a class or a gym that you like? Bored with the same old weight lifting routines? It’s time to try something new – get a workout on the water. Yes, ON the water! Kayaking can give a great workout.

Types of Kayaks

A kayak is a light-weight boat that has single or double seating and is propelled through the water by a double-bladed paddle. Modern kayaks come in a variety of designs and are made for specific purposes. The varieties include kayaks made for recreation, whitewater, racing and fishing, and the paddler has the option of sitting in the kayak or on top of it.

Paddling Kayaks

Kayaking is an activity that has universal appeal. Anyone can do it. Men and women of all ages are paddling. It is a low impact sport so people with limiting capabilities, such as arthritis or bad knees, are finding it easy to kayak. Without any real rules, participants can go at their own speed, either alone or with a group. It is also an activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Many athletes, such as runners and cyclists who have well-developed legs, use kayaking as a cross-training activity.

Get A Workout

Many people take to the water as a leisure activity but it can quickly develop into a fitness routine. Kayaking is a cardiovascular workout, burning the same amount of calories as moderate swimming or jogging. Although this sport has the most affect on the upper body (including upper back, biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms) it is actually a full body workout.

The strength to power a kayak, when done correctly, comes from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs. You are connecting the boat with your body through your heel. Ultimately, the biggest benefit of kayaking comes in the increase in core strength. The abdominals are constantly being worked when keeping the balance of the boat and paddling and maneuvering in the water.

Other Benefits of Kayaking

The benefits of kayaking move beyond the body; they also help to relieve stress. I love the freedom and sense of adventure that kayaking brings. It’s not only an amazing exercise, but you really are directly in touch with nature. Kayaking gives me both an incredible peace of mind and sense of balance and ability. It also provides space and an opportunity to be in balance with nature, as well as being a great time for insight, reflection and thought.

Getting Started

Many areas have outdoor sports centers that offer kayak rentals. Prospective buyers should try different styles of kayaks until they find one they like. Pick any boat that you feel safe and stable in then just paddle until you find your technique. If you keep fitness in mind you’re more conscious of your efforts and you’ll get a better workout. Of course, it is wise to invest in a quality instructor to learn good technique. These same stores usually offer guided excursions and lessons.

Kayaking is an exercise that allows people of all ages and fitness levels to use kayaking to get an invigorating workout outside.

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Arthur G. Moore

Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.

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