Indoor rowing for all ages

I have seen and tried many fitness fads over the years but the Indoor Rower has always been one of my favourite pieces of equipment, not only for athletes, but beginners and all ages including seniors.

I competed in my first Masters games in running, but I wanted to try something new. I have a rower at home for cross training, and decided to try the sport of Indoor Rowing as well. I did really well in my division, and was hooked on the sport, but also excited that all ages could do this sport, and they were all amazing and fit.  The oldest person was 90 years old!!! 

So let’s look at some of the benefits:

IT’S A FULL BODY WORKOUT

The rower works a huge 86% of the muscles of your body, strengthening and toning.

IT’S LOW IMPACT

The rower is gentle on your joints and is suitable for all ages including Beginners, Seniors, and cross training 

IT’S A HIGH INTENSITY WORKOUT

Rowing can be very high intensity, exerting a lot of effort without any impact on your joints – great for those that may have knee problems or injury

ASSISTS WITH JOINT MOBILITY

Regular rowing helps with joint mobility, especially around the hip and knees and ankles. This provides fall prevention benefits

CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS and MUSCULAR ENDURANCE  

These two factors are so important to help reduce the risk of heart and respiratory disease, blood pressure and cholesterol

BUILDS STRENGTH AND POWER 

WEIGHT LOSS

You can burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time. According to Harvard Health a 56.6 kg person could burn up to 255 calories in just 30 minutes on the rower

You can do this type of exercise anywhere and anytime The machine itself can be stored easily, is easy to maintain, and rarely breaks down.  You can have one at home or go to the gym and join classes where you can all work at different levels within the same class.

Some caution:

  • This is a great workout, and I love this machine, but it is really important that you learn the technique first to get the full benefit from rowing.  Start slowly, and build up as you become fitter for the best results.  
  • Always check with your doctor if you are over 40 or have any medical conditions before you start.

I love rowing as a sport, and I am a Certified Coach. I have free videos on Technique and Beginners Workouts ITSTIMEFITNESS ONLINE ROWING  check out my web page and youtube.

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