Today’s guest post is from my fellow journalist, Patricia Carswell, who blogs at Girl On The River. Head on over to her blog to read about her passion for rowing – yes, even at this time of year! Brrr. Here’s girl on the river, with her argument for rowing’s rightful place in our pursuit for fitness.
It’s a bold claim, but I’m going to stand by it. Everyone should row.
I’m not saying that you should all be aspiring to appear at Henley or be following in the footsteps of Redgrave and Pinsent. What I am saying is that as an all-round contribution to your fitness, there’s nothing like it – whatever your main discipline.
Whether you’re a bodybuilder wanting to become leaner, a triathlete, runner or even couch potato, rowing has plenty to offer. For a start, it doesn’t require a river (although that’s the most scenic way of doing it). It can, of course, be done indoors on a rowing machine (or ergometer). As temperatures drop, that’s pretty appealing.
More than that, though, it’s low impact – great for runners whose knees are starting to feel it – and, crucially, it exercises every part of your body, all at once, more than any other kind of machine you’ll find in the gym.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the arms. Rowing gives your entire body – including that all-important core – an incredible work-out, and can burn a whopping 600 calories an hour. What’s not to love about that?
If you don’t believe me, take a look at this, borrowed from the Concept2 website:
If you’re watching the pennies, it’s great value, too. A rowing machine compares brilliantly with other items of gym equipment, and membership of a rowing club is way better value than joining a gym.
Of course, for the best experience of all, you need to get out on the river (or even the sea – coastal rowing is crazily fun). There’s nothing quite like the feeling of gliding along a glassy river in the evening sun with swans flying overhead and cows grazing on the bank.
Thanks Patricia! I’ve always been happier in the water than on it but perhaps you can convert me – let’s go rowing some time?
“Guest post: girl on the river tells us why everyone should row” is a post from The Fit Writer blog.
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.