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8 Paddle Adventures in National Parks
Hopping in a kayak or a canoe may not be the first thing you think of when fitting in a workout, but you should adjust your mindset now.
Paddle sports are an excellent way to strengthen your core and upper body while burning major calories. In fact, according to , a 150-pound person who vigorously rows for 30 minutes can burn more than 400 calories. Even if you were to take it easy and row at a moderate pace, the same 150-pound person could burn almost 300 calories in 30 minutes.
It's great exercise and when you head outside and hit the waterways, you also reap the mental benefits of working out outdoors. For instance, a 2011 review of literature published in Environmental Science and Technology found that individuals who exercise outside are more likely to self-report feelings of mental well-being and vitality immediately following exercise than those who workout indoors.
The point is if you love the water and you're up for a new adventure, it's time to give kayaking or canoeing a go. National, state, and local parks are an excellent place to find boats and instructors to help make your first attempt successful, but they're also perfect for the well-established rowers who're looking for their next adventure.
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