Why Training on a Rowing Machine is a Great Workout

When you make the decision to improve your health and fitness, you might want to think again about setting off on a long joint-pounding run. Regular rowing workouts are an extremely effective way to drastically improve your condition without the unwanted side-effects of destroyed knees! Using an indoor rower will increase your stamina, build and tone your muscles and power up your cardiovascular system. Rowing is an especially effective exercise for older people due to its non-impact nature and the massive benefits gained in a relatively short time.

Losing weight

Running / jogging will burn approximately 400 Calories per hour compared with almost 700 for rowing. This makes it a great addition to your fitness plan if weight loss is a main priority. A Calorie deficit is necessary for weight loss and regular rowing will help you achieve that.

Cardiovascular Benefits

According to the MayoClinic.com: “Aerobic exercise, also known as cardio or endurance activity, is the cornerstone of most fitness training programs. Aerobic exercise causes you to breathe faster and more deeply, which maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood. The better your aerobic fitness, the more efficiently your heart, lungs and blood vessels transport oxygen throughout your body — and the easier it is to complete routine physical tasks and rise to unexpected challenges, such as running to your car in the pouring rain.

Rowing either on a machine or on the water at a steady maintainable rate will put your body into an aerobic training state. This means that the heart and lungs are pumping oxygen to the muscles and organs at such a rate so that energy required can be created continually by burning sugar or fat in the presence of oxygen. The beauty of a rowing machine (especially on the Concept2) is that you can set the level and duration you want to workout at extremely accurately.

Muscle Strengthening

Rowing works practically all the major muscle groups in your body. Due to the activity’s low-impact nature, there is very little strain on the joints. Rowers train their legs, hips and glutes with every stroke. The upper-body muscles in the back, shoulders and arms are also strengthened as well as the stomach on the recovery part of the stroke. The resistance can be adjusted so that you can emphasize strengthening or a more aerobic workout.

Reducing Stress

Cardiovascular workouts increase the amount of endorphins released into the bloodstream, which help reduce stress. If you are not a member of a gym and would rather workout at home, there are a number of options available ranging from around $250 up to $1300 for machines that are from useable to really good. There is a really good website that offers excellent reviews that I can recommend if you’re thinking of buying one: http://www.rowing-machine-review.com/

Whether you decide to go to the gym or train at home, a rowing workout is one of the best types of fitness training there is.

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