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When most people think of paddling a kayak, they imagine a peaceful morning setting composed of cool misty waters, lush vegetation along the shoreline and the soothing sounds of running water while others may have visions of a memorable family outing on a warm sunny afternoon. What many people don’t realize, or rather may not consider, is that they can utilize a kayak for a daily exercise routine.
Whether you have a seasoned adventurous soul, or you are just getting the itch to get outdoors, paddling can scratch that itch for further exploration. Get outside this New Year, hike new trails, visit new parks and try new activities!
Getting a good workout is important for a healthy lifestyle and something I try to do daily. I’ve been interested in ways to integrate paddling into my routine, but have found it difficult to do because I haven’t known exactly what kind of workout I get when I’m on a yak and the prep time/storage involved with using a boat.
I wanted to follow up on my previous post about fitness paddling to discuss some tips for making kayaking part of your daily routine. I feel that the biggest reason kayaking isn’t integrated into regular workouts is because the time it takes prep for a paddling outing but by streamlining the storage and launch processes, you can hopefully cut down the time it takes to get on the water.
Recently, I participated in the Iron Warrior Dash (IWD), a 15-mile off-road obstacle course. In early January I suddenly had the urge to start running again.