Kayaking can be peaceful and meditative or can be exhilarating – depending on where and how you do it. No matter how you do it, the benefits you can get from this activity are far beyond your imagination.
Kayaking is a low-impact activity that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength, and flexibility. Specific health benefits include:
1. As with swimming, kayaking reduces the risk of joint and tissue wear and tear. This is because paddling is a low-impact activity.
2. Improved cardiovascular health.
3. Increased trunk and leg strength. Because the force that powers a canoe or kayak comes primarily from rotating the trunk and applying pressure with the legs.
4. Moving the paddle increases muscle strength, especially in the back, arms, shoulders, and chest.
1.Sea kayaking – this is paddling in the sea. Sea kayaking is becoming a popular water sport in Australia.
2. Sprint racing – this is a sprint race across the calm water.
3. Flatwater recreation – this is what most people imagine when they think of kayaking. You can take a gentle paddle down a calm river, do some sightseeing in calm ocean waters or explore an inland lake system.
4. Canoe polo – two teams of five players each must compete to score the most goals using a water polo ball.
5. Sailing – the canoe or kayak is fitted with a sail.
6. Slalom – the person must, against the clock, negotiate a white watercourse. This includes steering around obstacles (typically, poles suspended over the course).
7. Surf kayaking – the kayak is typically fitted with a fin, rather like a surfboard.
1. Dress for the conditions. Apply 30+ SPF sunscreen (or higher) to all exposed areas of the skin.
2. Learn how to paddle from experienced teachers. Contact your local club.
3. Don’t paddle alone. Always tell someone about your plans, including where you intend to paddle and when you expect to be back.
4. Know how to use your first aid kit. Take a first aid course if necessary.
5. Make sure your preparation and skills are adequate for the planned paddling activity.