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Keeping in Shape for Paddling

ArticleJanuary 15, 2015

Keeping in Shape for PaddlingYour water sport of choice may be whitewater or touring kayaking, rafting, stand up paddling, canoeing, or “all of the above.” Whatever it is, you’re using muscles and joints in ways that the couch-bound are not. Getting in shape and keeping in shape for paddling will help you become a better boater, have more fun, and prevent activity-ending injury.

We’ve developed some good information on how to get, and stay, in prime paddling shape. Take a break from Netflix and the Xbox, and check out this great advice.

Andria Davis is an “all of the above” type, plus she’s a yoga teacher.

SUP Workout: SUP instructor and fitness expert Nikki Gregg demonstrates some easy-to-learn exercises.

Preventing Shoulder Injuries: No matter how you boat, your shoulders are at work hundreds of times a day. And, they are highly vulnerable to injury. Don’t let it happen to you.

Stretching Exercises for Paddlers: Warming up and stretching muscles before you call on them for maximum performance is time well spent.

How to Prevent Boating Injuries: Having the proper equipment, learning correct techniques and conditioning your body will go a long way toward preventing the injuries that can consign you to the shore.

Backcountry Skiing for Paddling Fitness: Team NRS paddler Erik Boomer promotes skiing as a way to stay in shape during the winter months.

There’s lots more great information in our Learn section.

Boat Often, Boat Safe, Have Fun!