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Kayak to Core Strength

by Mackenzie M. | July 15th, 2015 | Core, Strength Training
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kayakStrength and endurance are two of the most important factors in becoming a successful kayaker. The simple motions of the paddle when kayaking are enough to work entire core muscle groups and build six-pack abs in no time. While amateur kayakers may not be able to race for miles, they can still gain all of the core strength building benefits that kayaking can provide. Moreover, kayaking is a fun summer activity that is easy to learn and can be done by people of all fitness levels. For an amazing and fun core strength workout this summer, be sure to try kayaking.

While it is beneficial to begin strength training before actually starting to kayak, it is not necessary to have a successful kayaking excursion. Professional kayakers train for hours in order to maximize their output and to build core speed. Professional kayakers put a lot of weight in the idea that building a strong core will not only maximize the benefits of kayaking, but will also prevent injury. Even for those without previous athletic training, kayaking is an easy activity to learn. Simply find a kayak, put on a life jacket, and start paddling. Whether it be on a cool lake, a babbling creek, or a lazy river, kayaking feels more like relaxation than a workout. It is easy to forget that the gentle paddling motions are actually strengthening the trunk of your body.

When kayaking, core strength is built through the resistance from the water on the paddle. The back and forth motion of the body’s mid-section actually will help to build strong abdominal muscles, as well as tone the back and shoulder muscles. Amateurs should begin kayaking in calm waters, but experienced kayakers can paddle strong bodies of water for added resistance and added strength building. The resistance of the water will also build strong arm muscles. Amateur kayakers should not stay out on the water for longer than thirty minutes, even if they feel like their muscles can handle more. Kayaking can become so fun that many fail to realize the intense workout for the core muscles.

The paddling motions of kayaking provide a great core workout. The back and forth motion will surely sculpt abs in only a few months. When kayaking during the hot summer months, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and stay hydrated. Kayaking is such an enjoyable activity that many forget to drink adequate amounts of fluids and be sure to replenish your body with plenty of good calories. For a fun and somewhat intense core workout this summer, be sure to try kayaking.

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