What is it that makes rowing on the ergometer/indoor rower or on the water a superior fitness activity? There are many other choices: running, walking, stepping, biking, weight lifting, skiing, but none as complete as rowing.
The advantages include:
- Total Body Workout
Rowing exercises all major muscle groups: legs, arms, back, abdominal, and buttocks. Legs provide most of the power of the rowing stroke; your upper body adds the rest. Rowing is one of the few aerobic activities that can actually strengthen your back.
- Greater Flexibility
Rowing exercises muscles through a wider range of motion than most other exercises, thereby improving and maintaining flexibility around some of the major joints. This also makes the exercise more satisfying because the rower has a sense of motion.
- Superior Conditioning
Rowing provides aerobic conditioning as well as strength conditioning.
- Burns Calories
Rowing is a great calorie burner. Recent research showed that rowing burns calories faster than biking at the same perceived level of exertion. In other words, it feels easier to burn more calories while rowing than while biking.
- Lifelong Pursuit
Rowing is a lifelong sport, able to be enjoyed by all ages, from kids to grandparents.
- Impact Free
Rowing is a smooth, rhythmic motion that is impact free.
Rowing is versatile: you can row indoors or out, on water or on land, competitively or not, intensely or easily.
- Time Efficient
Rowing is time efficient. It doesn't take long to get a great workout that offers all of the features listed above.
Rowing is a complete exercise; the workout is satisfying and enjoyable to do, and provides a balance of fitness benefits.