If you’re anything like me, you’re probably always looking for new and exciting sports to try. Have you considered kayaking? Kayaking is one of the best ways to have fun in the outdoors and on the water, while you enjoy many amazing benefits to boot. There are so many reasons why you should at least try out kayaking once, one of them being the serious health benefits that come along with it. You’ll likely enjoy this amazing water sport whether you choose to do it sporadically or all the time.
You don’t need any special skills to go kayaking. Just get your preferable kayak, bring it to the perfect spot and start paddling away. Here are 5 health benefits of kayaking to convince you:
It Strengthens Your Legs
OK, so kayaking doesn’t require you to use your legs. However, there are many different kinds of boats out there you can choose to use that do. Like road or mountain biking if you pedal these things for a long time, then you’re going to get a great leg workout. You can guarantee that after a short while, you’ll feel a good burn in your quads, hamstrings, and even your glutes. After a short time time, this will strengthen your legs. You should notice your legs shape up substantially if you continue to do this for a while. If strengthening your legs is your goal, consider a peddle boat or something similar.
It Can Help To Reduce And Maintain Your Weight
People tend to try out many different ways to lose weight. Kayaking is one of the most fun to lose your excess weight in the great outdoors. Let’s say you want to paddle a kayak at 5 mph, then you require at least 0.1 HP effort. That means you should burn around 400 calories per hour. Burning calories and having fun can never be a bad thing, and science proves that exercising outdoors gets you better, faster results!
It Reduces Feelings Of Stress
Exercise releases endorphins, which help to make us happier, as well as helps us to release any stress we’ve been feeling. When kayaking, those effects are maximized as you’re in the great outdoors and breathing in lots of fresh air. Being on the water and enjoying amazing sights as you do so is a bonus.
It’s A Great Upper Body Workout
If you continuously paddle at 3mph you will do about 1,500 reps every hour. This makes kayaking an excellent upper body workout too.
It’s A Source of Vitamin D
Professor Dr. Michael F. Holick of Boston University Medical Center said that the Vitamin D you get from food and supplements is not as effective as when you get it from the sun. As you’ll likely be out kayaking for a large portion of the day, you’ll get more than enough Vitamin D!
Kayaking has so many benefits that even the amateur fitness enthusiast can enjoy. How about going with a friend to double the fun and get active together? You’ll no doubt have a wonderful bonding experience that you’ll remember for a long time!