What you need to know about canoeing
While most people often use the term canoeing and kayaking interchangeably, the two sports are quite different. The biggest notable variation between the two sports is the type of equipment that is used. Another major difference is that, when in a kayak, the paddler is often seated with a double-bladed paddle while in the canoe, the paddler or the one rowing, kneels and skillfully uses a single-bladed paddle to move the boat in a forward direction. In this post, we will focus on canoeing and why you should take it up as a sport.
Canoeing is an age-old sport that has been around for thousands of years. Since man begun canoeing, not much has changed, it is still used for fishing, transportation, hunting, sport, and recreation. If you have never had a chance to canoe, then it is important that you are aware of some important pointers. Frist and foremost, you should learn how to swim before you set out on this type of adventure sport. Secondly, you should pick the right kind of boat. Some canoes may look cozy and sturdy but may feel uncomfortable once you sit in them and begin to paddle. Thirdly, you should consider taking a course for beginners. Paddling is not as easy as it looks, it requires physical strength, endurance and a bit of some technical knowledge.
Canoeing is a low impact exercise that uses up most of the muscles in the body while paddling. If you are looking to get a complete body workout, then this is the sport for you. For those who want to improve their cardiovascular health, canoeing helps strengthen cardiac muscles and increase blood circulation in the body. Canoeing can also help reduce symptoms associated with stress and depression for up to 12 hours. The calming effect can greatly be enhanced by paddling in an open area surrounded by nature.