Some people like the treadmill, stationary bikes, or elliptical machines, and that’s great. These are all excellent choices.
But a dark horse is gaining popularity lately with active adults, and that’s the rowing machine.
It’s easy to see why. Rowers are readily available in gyms, studios, and hotel and corporate workout spaces. They’re simple and familiar, sort of reassuringly old-fashioned. Rowing is basic enough for beginners but tough enough for seasoned athletes.
And, best of all, rowers work the entire body – legs, butt, core, back, arms – as you simulate the motions of rowing on water, pushing and pulling against resistance. So they’re almost twice as effective at burning calories for some folks.
You can do it at a steady pace or in popular HIIT (high-intensity interval training) form.
They’re also low impact, which makes them extra appealing for people who are overweight or have joint pain.
By combining strength training and cardio, rowing amplifies the benefits of both. Health authorities agree that people generally need at least 150 minutes a week of vigorous cardio exercise and at least two strength-building sessions per week.
What do you think? Curious to try rowing? Come see us and we’ll be happy to show you how. And, if rowing’s not for you, that’s OK! Just be sure you’re exercising regularly for strength, agility, and endurance.
Holly Kouvo is a personal trainer, functional aging specialist, senior fitness specialist, brain health trainer, writer, and speaker.