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Benefits of water sports for your fitness
16th January 2019
It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions kick-in, with many turning their attention to new health and fitness regimes. Rather than the obvious (joining a gym) why not hit the water and try a water sport such as sailing, rowing, swimming, surfing, scuba diving and water obstacle courses. By tackling a water sport, not only can you set yourself new challenges, but you can also reap health and fitness benefits, plus more! Let us explain.
New scenery In most cases water sports take place in the outdoors which opens up opportunities to exercise in different environments. If you fancy rowing, surfing or wild swimming then take to a lake or the high seas to enjoy beautiful surroundings and fresh air. If you plan on scuba diving, then you’ll benefit from going under-the-sea to take in the UK’s marine plants and animals.
Calming By getting close to nature you will instantly start to feel at ease and more relaxed as well as enjoy experiencing a sense of freedom. The calming sounds of the waters and the sport itself will allow you to focus the mind on what you are doing to the exclusion of anything else. Water sports can also be exciting allowing you to enhance your mood.
Adventurous If you are a thrill seeker and want to take on a new challenge then why not choose a water sport that is action packed and will get your adrenaline racing. Water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, body boarding – there are plenty of options.
Low impact Many water sports are low impact, which means less strain on your muscles and joints. Swimming in particular is especially gentle on the body and at the same time will help you build muscle strength. Swimming is often a good choice if you suffer with arthritis to help soothe achy joints.
Fitness boost Water sports can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Those involving the arms and upper body (Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking etc) will help increase muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders and chest due to the movement required using the paddle. Swimming uses the whole body which will give you a full body workout.
It’s fun Getting in shape can be fun particularly in the water. Whether on your own or with friends, water sports are a refreshing experience that you can enjoy time and time again. Give it a go to see the difference it can make to you.
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