Fit Tip: Get Fit On The Waterfront
September 02, 2014 // Category: Fun Side of Fitness
September is upon us, but summer hasn’t left the building quite yet! Squeeze out the last bit of sunshine by heading to the waterfront. Lakes, oceans and rivers offer a plethora of activities that will get your heart rate up and muscles working. Remember, water sports aren’t just for the pros. Check out our favorites below and take your pick!
Those who believe kayaking is solely an upper body workout have likely never tried it. Every stroke is essentially a single-arm row, and your arms, shoulders and back are consistently in action. However, you also need to activate your core, hips and legs to stabilize the boat and make turns, thus creating an excellent full-body exercise.
No need to do crazy flips or wake jumps to get a good workout. You’ll be holding onto a rope, which requires upper body strength, and your feet will be strapped into a board skimming across the water. Keeping a tight core and a slight bend in the knees are necessary to stay balanced and upright. Once you’ve done a few laps around the lake, your quads will be burning.
After an afternoon of tubing behind a boat, your shoulders will feel it more than a deltoid workout at the gym. So laugh with friends as each of you takes a tumble or two, and enjoy such an entertaining way to get toned arms!
Once you get the hang of getting up on skis, you’ll be addicted to gliding across the water. To prevent a wipeout, your shoulders, arms and chest need to be activated and strong. But don’t forget about the lower body, which needs to be in a balanced, seated position that requires strength in your upper legs and glutes. Now that you have the hang of two skis, can you go slalom on a single ski?
A mix of surfing and kayaking, paddleboarding is everyone’s new favorite water sport. And for good reason, too – you can sneak in both a cardio and a sculpting session all while having fun with friends! The balancing act of standing on top of unpredictable water provides a killer lower body and core workout. Plus, your upper body is in action and your heart rate will soar while constantly paddling.
There’s still time – get out there and use the sun and water to your advantage!