How many times have you seen someone leisurely kayaking down a river and pictured yourself doing the same? Here are some reasons why you should pick up a paddle and try this popular sport:
Anyone can do it
The first kayaks were built around 4000 years ago, by the Inuits, and kayaking is still an incredibly popular activity today, made even more popular by books like Fearless: One Woman, One Kayak, One Continent by Joe Glickman. You don’t need to be an athlete in order to start kayaking though, since it’s a relatively easy skill to learn, and it’s suitable for people of all ages.
If you’re just starting out you may want to take some lessons so you can learn how to get in and out of the kayak, different paddling techniques, and how to get back into the kayak if you fall out. Eventually you’ll work up to wet-exiting (getting out while upside down), and rolling the kayak.
Working out without spending time at the gym
There are a large number of physical benefits to kayaking, and you’ll quickly notice an increase in muscle tone, as well as weight loss, stress relief and improved cardiovascular health. Most of the time kayaking doesn’t feel like you’re working out, although it’s the perfect activity if you’re looking to tone up your back, arms, and shoulders, as well as your core and even your lower body.
Fun for the whole family
Most kayaks can accommodate between one and three people, making it a great activity for both families and friends. If you’re looking to fill in an afternoon, hire some kayaks and head down to the local river or lake and spend some time cruising along the water or mix it up and have a few races before stopping for a picnic.
Get back to Nature
Often we fail to take the time out of our day to really appreciate nature. Kayaking gives you a chance to enjoy the outdoors since you’re traveling slowly enough that you can take in the beauty around you. There are few things more relaxing than gliding along the water on a hot summer’s day, occasionally being splashed by water from your paddles. Some of the best places to kayak include the Upper Iowa River, where the water is relatively smooth, and the scenery is stunning, and for those who are more experienced try Clackamas River which has more challenging rapids.