Row Row Row Your Boat – Why Is Rowing Good Exercise?

Row Row Row Your Boat - Why Is Rowing Good Exercise?Hello!  Today I’m going to discuss an activity that some consider fairly relaxing, but it’s still good exercise.  Now, you may be wondering, how can exercise be relaxing?

Rowing is a great exercise, but can also feel serene, especially if you’re doing it on water as opposed to in a gym.  It also has awesome physical benefits your body can enjoy.  Below are some of the overall benefits you can get from rowing.

1. Cardiorespiratory – 30 minutes of rowing strengthens your heart, lungs, and circulatory system considerably.  You can also burn more calories than a lot of other cardio exercises.

2. Strength – Rowing is a total body workout that activates many major muscle groups.  Among those are your biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, core, chest, lats, glutes, hamstrings, and quads.

3. Low Impact – Since rowing is a low impact exercise it means there’s much less risk of injury than many other exercises.

Row Row Row Your Boat - Why Is Rowing Good Exercise?4. Stress – Rowing is great for relieving stress because it’s a fairly calm and fluid like movement.  If done outdoors on water it can be very relaxing because of the peaceful environment.

5. Joints – Because many muscles work in conjunction with each other, it means more joints are involved.  This helps strengthen your joints and improve your flexibility.

6. Simplicity – Rowing is one of the easiest exercises there is to learn because of the simple movements involved.

7. Enjoyment – Outside rowing can be a lot of fun.  You get a chance to get some fresh air and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings.  Also, you can do it with a friend or 2 and have even more fun rowing together.

Summary – Rowing is almost like a hidden gem when it comes to fitness.  It really is amazing how many muscles you can work from such a simple movement.  You can also have a lot of fun doing it in the process.

Row Row Row Your Boat - Why Is Rowing Good Exercise?Rowing outdoors can usually give you mildly better results.  This is because sometimes you have to row in a slightly different direction to steer the boat.

This results in more muscles being involved than rowing straight.  Also, competition rowing can magnify some of the benefits I mentioned earlier because it’s done at a higher intensity.

However, rowing indoors is still great activity for many parts of your body and you should take advantage of it if you can.  If you have any experiences with rowing you’d like to share please let us know.  If you have any comments or questions, let me know and I will get back to you.   Thank you for your time and have a terrific day!


6 thoughts on “Row Row Row Your Boat – Why Is Rowing Good Exercise?”

  1. I’ve only ever done rowing in a gym, but I have to imagine that doing so outside is much more enjoyable. Like you mentioned, it’s simple, fun, and once you get in rhythm, there’s nothing to stop you! Are there any other exercises that can compete with such a total body workout?

    1. Hi Matthew,

      I’ve only rowed outdoors a couple times and it was definitely more enjoyable than the gym because of the calm environment. As far as total body exercises to match rowing, there aren’t too many that work as many muscle groups. However, burpees and and kettlebell swings would probably be the next best thing. If you have any other questions just let me know and thanks for commenting, take care!


  2. Hi

    Great Information on the benefits of rowing.

    I am a novice at this, but did try it in a Canadian Lake last year. It is fair to say I was knackered after an hour. My arms were really tired but I really felt like i had a great workout.

    I really dont know how some of those olympic athletes doi it so quickly. I guess its all training.

    Thanks, and i look forward to some of your future posts.


    1. Hi Chris,

      Yes it’s pretty amazing how the Olympic rowers can do it for such long periods of time. I’m sure they train throughout the year to build up their stamina and endurance. I’m glad you liked the post and thanks for sharing your input. Have a terrific day!


  3. I like all the reasons for rowing, although I haven’t done rowing in years. It’s good for your health. I agree with it being good for cardiovascular and stress. I went with some friends and it was a stress free enjoyable time and relaxing while getting a good workout. Working all your muscles in the outdoor fresh air is exhilarating.

    1. Hi Rob,

      Yes I agree rowing can definitely be an enjoyable and rewarding workout. It’s a nice way to break up the monotony of regular exercise in a refreshing way. Thanks for commenting and have a terrific day!


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