If you have ever held a gym membership or visited a fitness centre, it’s likely that you have seen commercial rowers at one point. If you have been hesitant to use this equipment in the past, we want to share with you the benefits of integrating the rower into your workout. It can help you to build and tone your muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and increase your stamina.
- Weight Loss
Did you know that rowing rapidly burns calories? This makes it a great addition to your workout if weight loss is your ultimate goal. A vigorous workout on one of these machines can burn about 377 calories in half an hour for someone who weighs about 84 kilograms. Rowers are particularly effective for the elderly or those with injuries, as they don’t place any strain on your back or joints.
It should also be noted that a rower is an endurance exercise that increases heart function and uses carbohydrates to provide the energy required. Keep the equipment’s tension at a low level will allow you to maintain a high rate of speed with little resistance. This will, in turn, allow you to reach and maintain an aerobic state (which improves lung, heart and circulation systems).
- Muscle Toning
Did you know that commercial rowers use virtually every major muscle group in your body? With little pressure on your joints, the equipment will work your legs, hips and buttocks with each stroke. They also use your upper body muscles, working to strengthen your back, shoulders and arms. Your trunk and core are also engaged as you perform each stroke, helping to strengthen them.
- Stress Reduction
Because physical activity stimulates the pleasure centres in the brain, rowing is a great way to relieve stress. Cardiovascular workouts, in particular, increase the amount of endorphins released, which will reduce feelings of stress and can also lift feelings of depression in some cases. If you have been feeling overly stressed of late, why not knock out a half hour on this machine and see how you feel?
Now that you are aware of the benefits associated with the use of commercial rowers, we hope that you will include such an exercise in your regularly gym routine. If you are unsure how to use the rower, just ask one of the personal trainers wandering around or even another patron – they will be more than happy to show you the ropes!