The Health Benefits of Kayaking on the Lake

sea-kayakKayaking offers a lifetime of varied benefits:

It is forever rewarding.    It can be relaxing.  It is at times challenging.  It is a fun social activity.  Or it can be pursued solo.  It is something you can spend a few hours enjoying.  Or you can challenge yourself to an expedition of days or even weeks.

Weight Loss through kayak fitness training:

To move the kayak at about 5 mph is going to require about 0.1 HP of effort. Which is going to use up about 400 calories per hour.  And so, four hours of paddling is going to burn up about 1600 calories!  A weight watcher’s dream!

Stress Reduction through kayaking:

Placing the paddle in the water and performing a good stroke is enjoyable.  Watching your boat move through the water by your own effort is enjoyable.  Spending a few hours under the sky, on the water, watching the colors of the blues, the greens, the grays, and the browns is enjoyable.  A couple of times a week for a few hours, getting this kind of exercise is going to make anybody feel better while taking full advantage of your lakefront property!

Back, Chest, Stomach, Arms and Toning through kayak fitness training:

When you are paddling you can expect to do about 500, maybe more, maybe less, strokes per mile!  Placing the paddle in the water and executing a good stroke is going to incorporate every muscle in the upper body and some lower body muscles as well.  This means that in one hour at 3 mph you are going to do about 1500 repetitions of low impact upper body movements, which no matter what your fitness goals are, you are going to tone up almost every muscle in your body.  Hey, you are going to look good!

Posted by Scott Freerksen “The Lake Guy”

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