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Kayaking: The Perfect Low-Impact Fitness

Kayaking is more than a fun activity. It provides a number of health benefits as part of an overall exercise and fitness routine.

People of all age groups can benefit by adding lower-impact exercise to their fitness routines*. Easier on the knees and other joints , a lower-impact plan makes for a sensible addition to your activities and there is no better place to start than in a kayak.

With a fun and beneficial routine of kayaking, you can easily customize the intensity and duration of your workout to suit your own desires. Whether you’re a beginner or someone who wants more of a challenge, kayaking gives you the opportunity to make the most of your fitness-focused time.

And, the health payoffs are pretty impressive.

For the cardio-conscious, paddling’s consistent and constant movement can help increase your heart rate. This can help burn calories, strengthen the heart and even boost your mood through the release of feel-good chemicals called endorphins. 

Additionally, kayaking can help strengthen your upper body and core, and does wonders for stretching the back and lumbar region. 

Paddling -- at any intensity -- is also a great way to help firm and tone your arms without the use of weight. The no-shock, low-impact exercise places less strain on bones and joints but can still help you retain muscle mass.

Throw in the added benefits of fresh air, sunshine and being surrounded by nature, and you’ll find kayaking a much more attractive option than the corner gym. Folks with stressful daily routines will definitely appreciate the serenity of an outing on the lake or at the beach.

As with any exercise routine, the key to your success is consistency. That means the more you add kayaking to your fitness habits, the more payoff you can expect.

Kayaking is the workout routine that doesn’t feel like work. Combined with a healthy dietary plan and plenty of rest, kayaking is the perfect exercise for everyone, young and old alike.

*Always check with your doctor before beginning a new fitness routine.