Paddling for Fitness
Yes! Another excuse to take out the canoe
June 1, 2005
There are as many reasons to paddle as there are lakes to paddle on.
Fishing, bird-watching, exploring and spending time with someone close
to you may come to mind.
Photo by Muriel Lasure, istock.com
At the top of the list you probably
haven’t included paddling for exercise. But paddling a canoe or kayak
definitely provides fitness benefits, even though walking, running and
bicycling are more common paths to fitness.
And this is not
an either/or proposition. According to Richard Cotton, chief exercise
physiologist for Myexerciseplan.com and a spokesperson for the American
Council on Exercise, canoeing is a great complement to walking, jogging
and cycling because it works the upper body.
So now you have a
great excuse to grab the canoe paddle following your morning hike
through the woods. But how do you paddle for exercise?
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