Kayaking gets you out there. It gets you out on the water and allows you to enjoy new perspectives of the earth. As a land species, gliding out on the water is an exciting and rewarding and often unexpected experience.
Builds Arm and Shoulder Strength
The sport builds shoulder and arm strength. The motion of paddling is an intense workout for ones arms and shoulders as any kayaker can attest. Experienced kayakers who are frequently out on the water will have toned shoulders and strong arms. This is good for those who also climb.
Builds Core Strength
Kayaking builds abdominal strength. The paddling action is powered not only by ones arms but by the entire core of the body. Strong abdominals and a strong back are key to powering your strokes. Having a strong core can help in every other sport.
Scenery and wildlife viewing is perhaps one of the best benefits of kayaking and why many people do it. When on the water and depending on the location, kayakers open themselves to the opportunities of encountering whales, porpoises, otters, turtles, hundreds of bird species and more.
Cultivates Navigation Skills
Kayaking can improve navigation skills. To be out on the water one needs to understand tides, direction and maps.
Article Written By Naomi Judd
Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.