Benefits of Kayaking

Benefits of Kayaking
Kayaking is an ancient mode of travel, originally used by Arctic and Pacific Northwest natives. Today many people engage in this water sport as a means of leisure and exploration. Kayaking has been a way for man to embark on his perpetual quest of personal freedom. The benefits of kayaking are both physical and aesthetic.


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.

Wildlife Viewing

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.

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