Rowing is a joint-friendly, low-impact exercise.
There are lots of ways you can get fit and stay in shape. You could run, cycle or dance your way to fitness or, if you prefer, row. Rowing, either indoors on a rowing machine or outdoors on water, provides an effective way to exercise that offers a number of important benefits and advantages.
Rowing is Joint-Friendly
Rowing is a non-impact activity; at no point do your feet leave the ground. This makes rowing a good activity if you suffer ankle, knee, hip or lower-back pain because of problematic joints.
Rowing Provides a Whole-Body Workout
Virtually every joint and muscle in your body is involved in rowing. From your legs to your arms, rowing uses virtually every major muscle group and many minor ones too. Rowing allows you to exercise your entire body in one time-efficient workout.
Rowing is a Non-Contact Sport
Although some people row just for exercise, others like to row for sport. Unlike football, hockey and rugby, rowing is a non-contact sport, which means you can enjoy the thrill of tough competition without the risk of getting hit and possibly injured by one of your competitors.
Rowing is an Effective Form of Cardiovascular Exercise
Regular rowing workouts can help you get fit and stay fit. While rowing will help tone and strengthen your major muscles, its main purpose is as a cardiovascular exercise. Cardio is good for your heart and lungs, and the fitter these essential organs are, the lower your risks of suffering heart disease, a heart attack or stroke.
You Can Row Alone or With Others
If you want to make rowing more of a social experience, you can join a rowing club and row as part of a crew. If, however, you prefer to exercise alone, you can use a rowing machine or row in a single-scull boat.
Rowing is Simple to Learn
Rowing, especially indoor rowing, is a relatively simple skill to learn. With a modecum of instruction and feedback from a qualified and experienced coach, you can be rowing with good technique very quickly. Rowing on the water is harder to master than using a rowing machine, but it is still technically straightforward.
You Can Row in All Types of Weather
As long as the water is calm, you can row come rain or shine. Unlike cycling, where rain can make road conditions very dangerous, rowing in the rain is not really very different to rowing in dry weather. If you really want to avoid getting wet while you row, you can always use an indoor rowing machine instead.
Rowing Can Help You Lose Weight
Rowing uses a lot of energy, and if you are following a calorie-restricted diet, this energy may come from your fat stores. The amount of energy you burn while rowing depends on your weight and how long and hard you are working. For example, a 165-pound person rowing at a moderate pace for 30 minutes can expect to burn in the region of 275 calories.
Rowing Offers Improved Joint Mobility and Flexibility
Rowing uses a large range of movement at your knees, hips and shoulders. Because of sedentary living and advanced age, many people are becoming less mobile and flexible. Because rowing takes your muscles and joints through a large range of movement, regular rowing workouts can help preserve and enhance your mobility and flexibility.
Rowing is a Stress Buster
The regular, rhythmic motion of rowing, combined with steady breathing and the concentration required to row with good technique, means that rowing is a good stress buster. This is even more the case if you head out and row somewhere quiet and beautiful, such as a lake at sunrise. Indoor rowing is also a useful stress buster, although it is not as peaceful an activity as rowing on water.