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Unlocking Wellness with Rowing: The Dual Rewards of Physical and Mental Health

Rowing, often associated with the serenity of gliding through calm waters, offers far more than just a picturesque experience. Beyond the beauty of the sport lies a multitude of benefits, as both physical and mental wellness are unlocked through rowing.

Physical Health Benefits

Rowing is a low impact sport that engages various muscle groups, making it an effective form of full-body exercise. The repetitive motion of rowing targets the upper arms, core, glutes, and leg muscles, helping to increase strength and endurance. What makes rowing unique is its ability to work areas of the body that are often weakened through surgeries and treatments in cancer.

For individuals recovering from illness or injury, rowing offers a gentle yet impactful way to rebuild strength and regain mobility. A big part of the reason we started to row was to help with lymphedema, as a lot of breast cancer patients have their lymph glands removed under their arms and this causes lymphedema. Rowing helps open the glands on the chest reducing the risk of lymphedema.

Additionally, rowing is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise that increases heart rate and improves lung capacity. The combination of aerobic and resistance training provided by rowing helps to boost overall fitness levels, leading to better cardiovascular health and increased stamina. Regular rowing sessions can also aid in weight management, as this full-body workout burns a significant amount of calories while simultaneously toning muscles.

Mental Health Benefits

While the physical benefits of rowing are undeniable, the mental benefits are equally significant. Rowing crews often abide by a rule of "no talking," allowing for a unique environment of escape and tranquillity. When rowers sit into the boat and push out the oars, they leave behind the noise and stress of their everyday lives for two hours. However, we have an unspoken rule – there is no silence in our boat! The banter never stops. When we sit into the boat and push out the oars, we leave our normal everyday world behind for two hours.

Rowing is often described as a rhythmic and meditative exercise. The repetitive nature of the motion, combined with the soothing sound of oars slicing through water, has a calming effect on the mind. The tranquil environment of rowing allows for mental clarity and can serve as a form of stress relief. It provides a break from the incessant digital stimulation and offers a chance to reconnect with nature, as rowers become one with the flow of the water.

The combination of physical exertion and mental relaxation that rowing offers can also contribute to improved sleep patterns. Engaging in regular rowing sessions can help individuals attain a deeper and more restful sleep, promoting overall well-being and vitality.

Whether you're looking to build strength, improve cardiovascular health, or find solace in the tranquillity of rowing, unlocking wellness in both body and mind is only a stroke away. Come and join us, start rowing and experience the transformative power it holds for your overall well-being.

Unlocking Wellness with Rowing: The Dual Rewards of Physical and Mental Health
Why Rowing?

Why Rowing?

Rowing is a cerebral low impact sport that utilizes the whole body and is accessible to all, regardless of fitness level. While a certain level of fitness is helpful, full training is offered by certified coaches and absolute beginners are welcome. Nor is age a barrier, our members range from early forty to late sixty.

Regaining a level of fitness, learning the skill of rowing, training and being part of a rowing crew in a very supportive, non competitive, fun manner are just some of the many benefits cancer patients have found when they join our crew.