Row, Row, Row Your Boat… And Get Your Heart Rate Pumping

If you don’t like spinning classes, dislike the idea of shaking your maracas at Zumba and HIIT isn’t doing it for you, then why not give rowing a go instead? It’s one of the most effective exercises for a full body workout and guess what, it works just as well inside as it does outdoors. And unlike cycling rowing has a double whammy of resistance. It creates resistance both back and forward, which will quickly make you leaner and stronger. It also burns three times as many calories as spinning does.

Indoor Rowing

Places like CityRow and Go Row Studios offer hardcore sessions that combine rowing with interval circuits and mat work. Rowing uses all your muscles, which is why at first it’s going to hurt! But in the long term, you’ll gain lots of strength and a longer, leaner silhouette. And the great thing about indoor rowing is that it can also be done at home very easily. A Home Rower is a great investment for both beginners and professionals. You can buy anything from an air rower to a water resistant rower and even a multi-function machine that includes rowing, a recumbent bike, and a strength training machine. Having your own machine also means you will be able to track your speed, distance, power and the number of calories you are burning. It can become very addictive the better you get. Indoor rowing is great because it is a low-impact form of exercising meaning there is not much stress on your joints. Although it requires strength, you can set it to easy to start with. There is much less chance of injury on your joints, unlike with running, jogging or cycling.  Because it is low impact, it is also beneficial for those with an injury who still wish to continue working out. Rowing will improve both your muscular strength and endurance. It is also beneficial to your cardiovascular health. So go row your boat and get your heart rate pumping.

Outdoor Rowing

If you love early morning, fresh air and want to be part of a team, outdoor rowing could be the sport for you. It’s peaceful and relaxing but also challenging and competitive. If you need to burn fat fast, rowing is a great option. It can burn up to 600 calories an hour. It is also great for your heart. And if having other people around helps to motivate you, rowing makes the perfect team sport. It’s also nice to have a hobby that’s a little bit different to everyone else’s! Of course, if you want, you can also row alone outdoors, which can be very meditative. It takes some getting used to as a new sport because you have to learn how to balance correctly.  Joining a rowing club will teach you about correct balance and rowing techniques as well. Plus you want to make sure you’re holding the oar correctly. Having some lessons will be hugely beneficial.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Outdoor Rowing is an excellent experience, a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. But you’ll get to spend time in the great outdoors and see beautiful scenery as you row. However, indoor rowing is just as beneficial, is affordable and is a super calorie burner too.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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