20 Sep Health benefits of canoeing and kayaking
Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Specific health benefits include:
Improved cardiovascular fitness
Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest, from moving the paddle
Increased torso and leg strength, as the strength to power a canoe or kayak comes mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
Reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity.
Other benefits of canoeing and kayaking
Some other good reasons to paddle include:
Kayaking and canoeing can be peaceful and meditative or can be exhilarating – depending on where and how you do it.
Paddling is a great way to enjoy our waterways.