We once again grab our oars and push off from the bank as we take to the water to enjoy our favorite pastime, which of course rowing. In part one of our blog we saw how enjoying your favorite activity can also be good for the heart, help you to lose weight and enhanced your cardio-respiratory system. In this blog we see how rowing on a regular basis can develop your body and improve your health in other areas.
Building Muscle Strength
Rowing is one of the few activities that uses just about every muscle in your body, and the primary muscle groups that you work in rowing are your thighs and your quadricepts. Your quads help you to extend your knee and serve also as hip flexors. Hip flexors, assist you in making powerful movements with your legs, and as your quads get more powerful and stronger they will help in all sorts of other activities such as lunges, squats, jogging, and walking.
Not only is rowing good for your physical wellbeing, it is also a perfect pastime for your mind as well. Getting out on the water and feeling a part of the great outdoors definitely reduces stress. There is something most therapeutic about gliding on the water as nature goes slowly past in all its glory. The added advantage of rowing is that if you want to get away from it all and have some peace and quiet then you can go rowing by yourself. But if you feel like being jollier and having the company of friends or family then of course all you need is a bigger boat or multiple boats.
Stabilizes the Body
Not often mentioned, but your body also has muscles that are called stabilizer and neutralizer. These muscles help you control your body and come into play to stop you from falling, or from hurting your back when lifting a heavy object. Basically these muscles help your trunk to become stronger, and develop so that you can handle any balancing movements.
Mobility of the Joints and Muscles
As a non-weight bearing activity, rowing develops your muscles and exercises your joints without putting any pressure or strain on them. So, if you suffer from conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis, rowing can be an activity that you can enjoy. When you row, the joints and muscles experience a wide range of movements which help with the flexibility of them and reduces stiffness. If you have a desk job where you do not get a chance to move a lot, then rowing can assist. It will loosen up your body whilst you can breathe in fresh air.
A Total Body Workout
Rowing uses the gluteals, biceps, calves, lower and middle back muscles, and it works more of your body than most gym machines. The activity is non-impact that allows people from all walks of life and ages to enjoy, it also does not matter how fit you are as you can row as fast or as slow as you want.