*Burns 147 calories
Kayaking or canoeing is an awesome upper body workout (and a great way to enjoy the water and the scenery!).
“This is a great exercise for the shoulders, upper back, lower back, abdominals, obliques, and the arms,” says Calabrese. “It is cardiovascular and helps to build up upper body endurance.”
Even if you’re just slowly meandering down a river, paddling works your back, arms, and abs. The nice thing about being in a boat: you can also take a break from paddling and simply let the current pull you along.
Perfect for a vacation, a date, or with friends, kayaks and canoes can hold more than one person (depending on the boat you use). Although if you’re looking for a solitary exercise activity, paddling alone down a river or in a lake can be quite peaceful and relaxing.
Before you begin, Calabrese recommends taking a course in water safety, “so you know what to do to prevent an emergency as well as what to do if one occurs.” Also, have a life jacket on board, wear sunscreen, and choose waters that are relatively calm for your first time.
Check out kayakonline.com for more info about places to kayak and how to choose the right boat.
Whatever activity you choose, you’ll reap amazing fitness and cardiovascular benefits while enjoying the outdoors—an awesome way to spend those gorgeous summer days!
Kelli Calabrese, Fitness Expert
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