As well as bringing sheer enjoyment, there are many benefits to being involved in rowing, including improving your health and fitness as well as the great feeling of being part of a team, achieving goals and enjoying the company of others.
Fitness - Rowing is a total body workout, using all of the body’s major muscle groups (arms, legs, back, abdomen, and buttocks) making it a superb aerobic and resistance training conditioner.
Solo or social - Rowing is great solo if you are interested in lone sports and just relaxing and training by yourself. Equally, joining in with others can be a great way to build life long friendships.
Stress buster - Rowing is a great way to release the stresses of the day by providing both a stress busting physical workout, as well as enjoying the calming affect of tranquil outdoor waters.
Weight loss - Rowing is a great calorie burner and, combined with healthy eating, will help shed pounds as it conditions the muscles, and therefore increases your metabolism. Research has shown that rowing burns calories faster than biking at the same perceived level of exertion.
Teamwork - Rowers who take part with others, as a member of a team, have to learn to be an integral part of that team; rowing in synchronicity with the others. It is a great feeling when achievements are made and your team work has played a vital role in that success.
A sport for life - Rowing is a lifelong sport than can be performed and enjoyed at any age. It is not like some high impact sports that you may have to give up once wear and tear take its toll!
Rehabilitation - Although a strenuous workout, rowing is low impact on the joints, so if you are recovering from an injury, rowing provides the perfect cardiovascular and muscle toning workout with minimal impact.
Improved flexibility - Rowing exercises muscles through a wider range of motion compared to other activities – muscles are stretched and the joints are moved to a greater extent – thereby promoting flexibility and mobility.
Back strengthening - While the legs provide most of the power of the rowing stroke, the upper body adds the rest and rowing is one of the few aerobic activities that can condition and strengthen the back.
Versatility - Rowing is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors. However, if the weather does take a turn for the worst, you can always perfect your rowing technique either in the gym or at home.