Because rowing uses 90% of the major muscle groups, it burns calories quickly, making the workout a must (up to 800 kcal per hour) if you want to lose weight, tone up, get fitter and build your stamina. The rowing stroke also improves your flexibility, your balance and coordination.
Another asset of outdoors’ rowing : it is a low impact, non-weight bearing activity and hence it does not put unnecessary stress on the joints (usually associated with aerobic activities).
Rowing is an Olympic discipline, but it is also a perfect physical activity at any age to keep in shape, lose weight, cross-train for another sport and relieve stress. Learning the skill of rowing is progressive, the intensity of a rowing session will be adapted to your skills and athletic abilities.
Moreover, the benefits of rowing are not only visible – strong, defined arms, slender thighs, strong abs, they are also internal.
As a regular physical activity, it is the perfect cardio vascular exercise as Dr Christian Palierne, doctor for the French Rowing Federation confirms it :