It is not often that the words "rowing" and "fitness" are used together. After all, few people associate the sport of rowing with the word "fitness".
Rowing is a sport (or pastime) that is more about grace, elegance, elegance, and endurance than about being a fast as possible. However, rowing can give anyone an excellent workout.
Here are some of the reasons why rowing is such a good sport for fitness.
Rowing is a full-body workout. #
Rowing burns a ton of calories during each workout. In fact, a 200lb person can burn more than 500 calories during a one-hour rowing workout. That is more than most people burn during an hour on a treadmill. Rowing can also burn more calories during an exercise than a similar distance run would.
Rowing exercises several muscle groups at once including the quads, hamstrings, and calves (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves in the back leg) and the abdominals, obliques, and lower back muscles. The rower works the shoulders, biceps, triceps, and forearms during each stroke.
The only other activity that works a lot of muscle groups at the same time is swimming. Swimming also burns a lot of calories, but it can not be done as an intense workout as rowing.
Rowing strengthens your heart #
Rowing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It is so good for your heart that it is considered aerobic exercise rather than anaerobic activity. Unlike other aerobic exercises such as running, rowing works your heart for the entire exercise. You do not need to stop rowing and take a break before you feel tired. You will not get tired. That is because rowing is an activity that is less intense than running and cycling and therefore does not require your muscles to take short breaks to recover.
Rowing is also low impact exercise. #
Unlike running where each step jolts your knees and hips, rowing is a smooth and continuous activity where each full rowing stroke is a complete muscle contraction. This also reduces the impact on your body.
Rowing is an excellent calorie burner #
Rowing is an exercise that is great for your heart and burns calories. However, when it comes to burning calories, rowing is actually less effective than running. Running will burn more calories than rowing. A 180lb person running at a speed of 10 miles per hour can burn more than 700 calories during one hour. That is more than a 200lb person can burn during one hour of rowing.
Running is also a less intense workout than rowing. This means that a person can run at a very fast pace for a long time and not get too tired. The endurance required to run at a fast pace makes running an excellent activity for burning calories.
However, the fact that running is a more intense workout than rowing means that a person will tire out faster. Running will also burn more calories than rowing. So, if you want to lose weight, then you should not neglect your rowing routine.
Rowing is great for:
- Improving your cardiovascular health because it trains your heart to work more efficiently.
- Improving your endurance and your ability to work longer and harder without getting tired.