Kayaking is good for physical and mental health as well. It’s done for exercise as hobby and/or for rehabilitation purposes. Health benefits are strengthening and toning of your back, shoulders, chest, arms and abdominal core muscles.
As reported by NGR outdoors, event management firms and Penn State Hershey Centre for activity and nutritional promotion, Kayaking uses most of person’s upper body parts in paddling and utilizes various lower body parts in balancing on kayak.
Kayaking is also been proven for improving and maintaining joint health by low-impact movements like paddling. Paddling itself helps improve range of motion and flexibility that keeps your joints lubricated. People with achy and tired joints just need to put them up on their pillow and relax that is worst thing which keeps them immobilized and stiff.
As stated on Web M.D., Kayaking is another aerobic activity that enhances amount of oxygen provided to muscles of heart. In longer run kayaking helps in;
- Lowering blood pressure levels
- Reducing cholesterol levels
- Reducing blood sugar level
- Reducing fats in your body
- Reducing depression, anxiety and fatigue as well.
As kayaking can encourages healthy weight loss, a 3 to 4 hours of kayaking a day can help you burn 1000 calories. Stats have proven that 120 pound person who regularly practice kayaking for an hour can transform up to 300 calories for 180 pound of their body weight.
Celeste Riddle is a fitness professional at Thatsfit.com who says that paddling and rowing are good for upper body muscles and it can help you in improving blood circulation, flexibility as well as joint health. Additionally getting out on water reduces the daily life stresses as well as boost your spirit.
As mentioned above kayaking is also good for mental health, it reduces, anxiety and depression and at the same time promote relaxation to give you a sense of peace and calmness. If you have ever been kayaking or boating and listened to the surroundings and rhythm of waves, birds flying, whistles of palm trees, you know what level of harmonizing and meditation it give you.
Western Tennessee University and NGR outdoors have developed rehabilitations programs that are similar to program developed by Walter Reed Army Centre. This program allow the disabled individual to learn Kayaking. People who have had spinal cord problems and amputations kayaking can help in emotional and physical healing.
Kayaking is extremely successful. Some spectators believe that it’s another lazy habit. However it offer many mental and physical qualities. It takes lots of balance, strength and power to move for longer distances. Everything which can get someone away from TV and off your couch is best activity.
I myself really enjoy kayaking and fishing, not because I believe it is a good exercise but also because it allow me to get out of my home. It allow me to put myself in an environment which let me to meditate, think about and enjoy the environment and nature.
Kayaking is virtually inexpensive hobby. It need just an initial purchase of a fishing kayak and then going on open water is free. It’s better than joining a gym because there aren’t any monthly membership fees and gym never allow you an open and natural environment, rather it only offer stuffy condensed space with many individuals are not smelling good.