Some great reasons to take up rowing:
Fitness through rowing
One of the main benefits of rowing is improved fitness. Rowing is a total body workout, using all of the body’s major muscle groups (arms, legs, back and abdomen) making rowing a superb aerobic and resistance training conditioner.
Rowing is a great way to relieve the stresses of the day by providing a full-body workout (exercise-induced endorphins)! There can be a meditative and calming effect as one moves across the water, while fresh air fills your lungs.
Rowing is low impact on the joints. If you are recovering from an injury, rowing provides an excellent cardiovascular and muscle toning workout, including strengthening of back muscles, with minimal impact on weight bearing joints.
Social side of rowing
Rowing is the perfect activity – you can enjoy a solo activity, relaxing and training by yourself. You can also join in with others – a great way to forge lifelong friendships. As a team sport rowing provides a great environment for participants to learn to move in harmony and rhythm with their team mates.
Versatility whatever the weather
Rowing is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors, with coastal/recreational boats providing the opportunity to row in a wide range of weather and water conditions. However, if the weather gets really nasty, you can always perfect your rowing technique in the gym or at home using a rowing ergometer.
A sport for life!
Rowing is a low-impact activity, one that can be learned and enjoyed at any age, for life. Explore your local waters and enjoy new places – go for a picnic or even an overnight camping trip.