Did your doctor tell you that you need to spend more time outside? Maybe he also told you that you need more exercise in order to improve your health? Or are you an eager outdoors enthusiast already and eager to find out about why certain activities are so good for you? In any case, you will definitely appreciate this article about the benefits of kayaking.
The benefits of kayaking
The obvious benefits of kayaking, as with any other physical outdoor activity, are health-related. This low-impact sport has many other benefits as well, from improving your mental health to enhancing your social life.
So here are 10 reasons why you should borrow a kayak
tomorrow and get out onto the water in it!
1. Weight loss
One of the greatest benefits of kayaking, as with all physical activities, is weight loss. Paddling at an average speed of 5 miles per hour burns around 400kcal per hour. So a whole afternoon of kayaking can easily burn 1,500kcal!
2. Stress Relief
When you want to reflect on life, there is nothing better than going outdoors. Paddling through the water powered only by your own arms, seeing nature pass by, is super relaxing.
3. Finding friends
Kayaking is so easy to learn and doesn’t require an extraordinary fitness level. That makes it accessible to many people, potential friends. Going on group kayaking trips on vacation is a great way to meet new people.
4. Upper body workout
Moving forward on the kayak requires strength of your arms, back and shoulders. Every paddle stroke exercises every muscle group in your upper body. On average, you’ll do about 500 strokes per mile. This means, of course, that if you kayak three miles in an hour, you’ll have executed 1,500 repetitions. Obviously, this will have an effect on the look of your upper body.
5. Cardio health
As with all aerobic sports, also kayaking greatly improves the health of your heart. The continuous paddling involved with kayaking increases your heart rate. So your cardiovascular health will improve as well.
6. Core muscle workout
The core muscles are one of the most important muscle groups in your body, they keep your body upright. Kayaking is one of the best exercises for your core muscles. With every paddle stroke you turn your chest from side to side (done by the core muscles). It’s always a kind of mini crunch for your core muscles, and think of how many of them you will do during your kayaking excursion.
7. Tan and vitamin D
It’s scientifically proven, the vitamin D from sunlight makes people happy. On the water you’re exposed to the sunlight like nowhere else. Also, who doesn’t like a nice tan? So next time don’t lay around lazy at the beach to get tanned, but rather be active on the kayak board and benefit from all the other benefits listed here while also tanning and getting in your dose of vitamin D.
See, kayaking is so beneficial for so many parts of your body and mind. Don’t you think you should give it a try? You don’t even have to buy all the expensive equipment. It’s very easy to borrow kayaks and paddles
. There are rental shops in most cities or lakes and rivers. Or you just borrow from other kayakers
who offer their spare equipment to borrow online
. The person you borrow equipment
from is most likely a kayaking enthusiast and can give you all the advice and instructions you need as a beginner.