What are the Fitness and Health Benefits of Kayaking?

A kayak is a small, very light, narrow, banana looking boat that is moved on water by the use of a double-bladed paddle. The act of moving a kayak on water is referred to as kayaking. The name kayak traces its origin from the Greenlandic language. The first kayaks to be developed were used primarily for hunting and moving people across inland lakes, rivers and along the coast of the Arctic ocean, North Atlantic, Bering sea and North Pacific ocean by the native Aleut, Inuit and Yupik. Modern day kayaking is more of a recreation activity than a hunting one. Checkout these fitness and health benefits of kayaking.

Weight Loss

One of the health benefits of kayaking is weight loss-that is, the reduction of an individual’s weight. Moving a kayak requires use of effort and energy which use up calories in the body. It is estimated that a person can easily burn 300 to 400 calories per hour and even up to 1600 calories in a day by kayaking. Calories burned can be more or less than the figure mentioned depending on whether a person paddles briskly and with more effort or does it in the opposite way with lesser effort. Kayaking, thus, provides an exciting and fun way of reducing weight.

Stress Reduction

Kayaking is fun, the very act of placing your paddle on water and moving it gently across water (also known as performing a stroke) is quite enjoyable. This, accompanied by allure of being outdoors, floating gently across the water surface and observing the beautiful blue sky on a sparkling spring day calms a person’s soul, thus providing the much needed serenity for stress relief. Day to day life can be quite hectic regardless of a person’s occupation. Kayaking provides an avenue where an individual can have fun and just relax during leisure or free-time.

Happy Mind

It has been said by philosophers time and again that people should strive to have happy thoughts or a positive mental disposition. This is simply because people with a happy mind often get more done and is more productive than their counterparts regardless of their vocation. Kayaking relieves stress and by doing so creates space in a person’s mind to be happy. More often than not one is lost in the beauty of nature experienced during kayaking, the beautiful water, the smell of fresh air and also the beautiful blue sky. This happy mental disposition accompanies an individual long after kayaking, thus making a happy mind one of the great health benefits of kayaking.

Fitted Body

When paddling you can expect to do a lot of strokes as you move from mile to mile. Placing the paddle on water, performing a stroke and moving the kayak across the water surface uses every muscle of the upper body and some of the lower body muscles as well. This means that while executing strokes, one is constantly doing repetitions of lower and upper body movements, which ultimately makes a person more fit and most of the muscles in their body toned up. Thus it provides an avenue not only for relaxing one’s mind but for keeping fit as well.

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