You don’t need a boat to be a rower!
In fact many athletes recognise the benefits of rowing as part of their training – not on the water but on the modern version of a rowing machine (Ergometer).
Of course, if you have access and equipment then rowing on the river is equally beneficial – just a little more challenging to organise. Most leisure centres have ergometers though.
Even at a gentle pace the natural action of rowing works the largest muscles in the body – the thighs, shoulders and chest.
If you work big muscles you burn more calories and need more oxygen, so rowing is recognised as one of the most all round demanding activities for your body and is really good for you.
As you do it sitting down, it places very little stress on your joints so it’s very good for helping to support stiff or sore joints such as arthritis and strengthen the muscles around them.
Regional Development Officer
British Rowing Participation Development Team Leader (Northern)
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