Kayaking is one of the best low impact activities for aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility.
It is great for all over strength and works every muscle in your body without the jarring stress of high impact movements.
A great solo activity for those who want to de-stress and clear their head, and a wonderful way to create connections with others in the pursuit of working together, getting in sync and sharing an experience in nature.
It’s a safe and easy activity to learn and can be enjoyed by people of all fitness and experience levels. There is nothing quite like moving your body in nature surrounded by water- it’s the ultimate feel good combination that you will find yourself wanting to do time and time again!
The difference between kayaking and canoeing
While ‘canoe’ and ‘kayak’ are often used interchangeably, a few basic differences include:
- Canoe – this is an open vessel and the person either sits or kneels inside the canoe and uses a single-bladed paddle to push the craft through the water.
- Kayak – this is an enclosed vessel and the person sits inside the kayak with legs extended and uses a double-bladed paddle.
Many different types of paddling activities
Flat water is the easiest and best place to start, to gain confidence and have fun. This is what most people think of this is often on a slow flowing river, like the Yarra, or open lake like Lake Eildon or the bay on a calm day.
- Get fit
Kayaking improves your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. It is amazing for core strength, exactly what we need to combat our somewhat sedentary lifestyles if you work at a computer. The low impact nature of this activity means that it’s something everyone can participate in!
- Health benefits
Outdoor exercise exposes us to Vitamin D, our happy hormone created from
sunlight. Studies have proven that you get a serotonin boost from exercising outdoors and being amongst nature, which has huge health benefits including minimising depression, heart disease and generally making us feel more positive and happy!
In our busy screen driven lives, sitting back paddling a lake or a river creates a huge sense of calm that rolls over the body, it creates a sense of being present and connected. The perfect ‘switch the brain off’ activity
- Doing something new
When was the last time that you did something for the first time? There is a reason we love what we do, getting people moving outdoors and seeing their confidence rise is the most satisfying thing in the world. Everyone starts somewhere, come and start with us in a fun and supported environment.
- A new perspective
It’s amazing how different the world looks from the water. I love walking the tracks of the Yarra and over lockdown have walked them many times, but paddling down the Yarra makes you appreciate a new point of view and see things from a very unique perspective. By the end you will definitely have more affinity for the Yarra River and understand why it’s called the lifeblood of Melbourne.
All you have to do now is decide on how you are going to join us for a paddle!