Give Your Legs a Break: Try Kayaking
Don't Get Hurt
- Increase aerobic endurance
- Develop core strength
- Improve flexibility
- Strengthen upper back, chest, shoulder, arm, and leg muscles
Beginners Need to Know
- Boat —Whitewater kayaks are generally made from plastic. Ocean kayaks may be made from wood, fiberglass, or a blend of materials.
- Personal flotation device (PFD)
- Spray skirt —These keep splashing water and rain from filling your compartment.
- Helmet —If you will be kayaking in moving water, you need one.
- A buddy—You should never paddle alone, especially if you are new to the sport.
American Canoe Association http://www.americancanoe.org
Canadian Public Health Health Unit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/pau-uap/fitness
Canoe Kayak Canada http://www.canoekayak.ca/english
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 01/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/22/2013 -
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