Rowing is becoming a popular way to exercise in the United States, and every October, Boston welcomes some of the world’s best crew teams for the Head of the Charles Regatta. Although at first glance rowing may seem like a strictly upper body workout, it is actually one of the most efficient exercises out there. You don’t have to join a crew team or even go near the water to get the health benefits of rowing, as you can find rowing machines, also commonly known as ‘ergs,’ at most local gyms.
Rowing is a full body workout, and with each stroke, your body uses strength and power output from the arms, legs, hips, core, lower and upper back. Rowing can allow you to lose weight, build muscle, and improve muscle and joint mobility. It is a great cardiovascular workout, enhancing your lungs ability to provide oxygen throughout your body. Additionally, it is a low impact sport, so it is easier on your joints than many other forms of exercise.
To help prevent injury when rowing, make sure you practice these general safety tips: