Ask my doggies, what I am doing for an hour every day 3-4 times a week – the answer is rowing. It’s always rowing.
After just a month of adding rowing to my workout, I have experienced so many positive changes to my body. I am way less stressed, I am sleeping better, and I feel (and look) so much stronger. My arms & legs used to be SO darn incredibly sore after all of my ice hockey games, but not anymore! BONUS! Not only are my arms and back are stronger, but I can see my abs starting to come in!
5 Reasons to Add Rowing to Your Workout Routine
1) Low Impact Workout
It is easier on your joints and knees as this is a low impact workout. Since you are sitting down while rowing, there is no weight bearing down on your lower body, unlike running.
2) Full Body Workout
This workout is great for both your upper body and lower body. You are using your arms, legs, and core. It burns calories quickly. Using a rowing machine for your workout can burn on average 600 calories per hour. This is more than biking, walking, or even using an at-home gym machine. The more calories you burn, the more weight you should be able to lose.
Water rowing is a fantastic workout! Rowing is a great exercise because it:
- Works the Upper Body
- Works the Lower Body
- Low Impact
- Enhances Endurance
3) Aerobic Exercise
Rowing uses many of your major muscle groups throughout your strokes which increases your heart rate. This, in turn, makes rowing a great cardio workout. Many rowers have adjustable resistance so you are able to customize the intensity of your workout and hit your target heart rate.
4) Say Bye to Stress
Probably one of my ultimate favorite benefits of rowing is that is severely decreasing my stress levels! Rowing can boost your brainâ€™s serotonin levels which makes you calmer and more relaxed. I don’t run from my problems, I row from them. Bonus! I sleep better on the days when I was able to get a solid workout in.
5) Easy to Learn
There’s very little barrier to entry when it comes to rowing; you do not need any special skills to do it or experience. The only prerequisite you may want to have is familiarizing yourself with the proper rowing form and testing out different stroke speeds and resistance levels.