International Canoe Federation calls or pay attention to canoeing

Today it’s very important not only to enjoy doing sport, but also to get some benefits for your health. In this meaning, canoeing is the best option for you, says the experts of ICF. In the article we will explain the main reason why it is true.

Getting healthy while canoeing

Not to say a lot, just mind that canoeing allow you to:

  • strengthen your muscles;
  • increase the resistance of your body;
  • improve the functioning of the respiratory tract and heart.

The specific technique of rowing allows you to train all muscle groups and has a beneficial effect on the vestibular system.
It is a special type of motor activity that occurs simultaneously in two environments: air and water. Overcoming the resistance of the air and water environment and performing cyclic muscular efforts, the rower increases strength and resistance to force, develops respiratory muscles, stimulates increased blood flow in the capillaries and improves tissue respiration. Rowers have a lung capacity of 7-8 liters, which is twice as much as a normal person of the same age. Sportsmen have a higher cardiac output and pumping power: the heart pumps up to 35-40 liters of blood per minute during strenuous competitive activities. Due to its effect on all oxygen supply mechanisms of the body, rowing is a universal type of aerobics with a pronounced hardening effect.

Canoeing also develops a specific coordination based on certain types of deep muscle sensitivity: the “feeling” of the water, the boat, the stop of canoeing in the water, the pace, the rhythm, the distance of movement. They make it possible to quickly reorganize the movement when external factors appear – waves, wind, current, obstacles – as well as when solving tactical competitive tasks.
In particular, rowing not only strengthens the body, but also strengthens the character, develops determination and willpower. Prolonged, repetitive effort develops the resistance of the nervous system to monotony and the feeling of fatigue, develops the volitional mechanisms of self-regulation, self-order and self-control.

Step by step on how to start training

This sport is accessible to everyone, but mind you have to be able to swim. To dig into the case, the ICF recommends enrolling in introductory courses, of course, with the prior permission of the doctor. If you prefer teaching by yourself, the basic principles are a gradual progression from easy to easy and self-control of your well-being. As for the rowing technique, try to make the most of the largest muscles of the back, abdomen, triceps and arms, and improve your ability to relax during the tenths and hundredths of a second, which occupy the passive phases of a rowing cycle If you suddenly find yourself in the water after the first ten meters, do not be angry, everyone started like that. Gradually you will develop your sense of balance and your ride will be longer and you will feel more confident in your boat.