Shape Up for Sea Kayaking
So you’ve booked your dream sea kayaking holiday, and can’t wait for the day to come.
Sandy beaches, calm seas, blue skies… You’ve bought some new gear, read up on the area… But how best to prepare for the most important part, the kayaking itself?
The good news is, it’s not rocket science! As with any sport, a good level of basic fitness helps and contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to develop muscles the size of Popeyes’ to be able to paddle a sea kayak. However, it pays to be prepared, so I’ll do my best in this blog post to give you some basic tips on getting fit for sea kayaking.
To get you started
NHS guidelines say that to stay healthy, adults should try to be active every day, and should include in their routine:
- At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week, and
- Strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
You can find more information on these guidelines on the NHS website.
Including this in your weekly routine will ensure that you’re well prepared for your trip. Below I’ll suggest a few ways you can make this sport-specific to sea kayaking.