An Introduction To Rowing Machines

Rowing machines enable you to perform the action of rowing without requiring a boat or any water. Indeed, indoor rowing is now recognised as a sport in its own right and competitions are held throughout the world. You don’t have to be a hard-core athlete to use a rowing machine, though, as even if you are very unfit, rowing on a regular basis gives you an opportunity to build up your stamina and improve your overall fitness. By rowing regularly you will improve your cardiovascular health and strengthen your core muscles whilst also building upper and lower body strength.
There are a variety of different rowing machines, which each provide you with a different type of resistance. Obviously, machines which offer a more realistic experience of rowing tend to be more expensive. Water resistance models are believed to offer you the most realistic experience of rowing, though that doesn’t mean other types of rowing machine are any less effective, as it depends on your fitness goals and how much you intend to use the equipment. There are also air resistance models, magnetic resistance models, braked flywheel resistance models and piston resistance models, which are generally the cheapest type of rowing machine on offer.

There may be other factors to consider when choosing a rowing machine, such as how much space you have available, as more expensive versions may be sturdier and offer you a more realistic rowing experience, but they can also take up more room than a smaller, cheaper rowing machine. It also depends if you want to keep track of your progress, as more expensive versions enable you to track your progress and to determine the distance you have covered and the number of calories you have burned. If you just want a basic model, you may not have these features available to you.

Rowing is a great activity to do, as it is low-impact, meaning that your joints are not put under any strain. Thus, you are less likely to experience any knee damage or pain, for instance. However, because of the position you take when sitting on a rowing machine, there is a risk of damaging your back. Indeed, this is the most common injury amongst rowers, which is why developing the right technique is so important. You shouldn’t sit too far forward or too far back, and it is important to remember that it’s not only your arms which are expected to do the work, but also your legs.

The potential benefits of rowing far outweigh any potential risks, as by exercising on a regular basis you can lower your cholesterol, reduce your blood pressure and improve your heart’s health, reducing your chances of having a stroke or heart attack. You will also be less likely to develop diabetes and certain types of cancer. Keeping active can also benefit your health if you are suffering from conditions such as arthritis. Plus, by using a rowing machine on a regular basis, you should be able to control your weight more effectively as rowing is a very effective calorie burner. Plus, it can help you to tone your arms, legs and core.

Exercise is also good for your mental health and can help reduce the likelihood of depression, whilst if you already suffer from depression, it is an effective way to reduce the associated symptoms. Using a rowing machine can help rid you of anxiety and stress and give you a more positive outlook on life. Evidently, then, whatever your level of fitness and whatever you want to get out of your exercise regime, a rowing machine could be the ideal piece of equipment to help you achieve you fitness goals and keep yourself healthy.

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