It's more fun on the water

Well, folks, summer's coming and there's nothing I like more to do when it's hot out than spend a good chunk of time in the water, whether I'm swimming through it or floating over it. What are your favourite water activities? Me, I love canoeing, rafting, tubing and wake boarding. Spending time in a boat is a great way to enjoy the sun and get some activity, so if, like me, you're growing tired of the treadmill, I suggest you head to the nearest lake or ocean for some fun on the water. It's not the first activity that people think of for fitness, but it's fun and it can be a great workout if you want it to be.

It's more fun on the water

For those of you who crave activity, you can spend your water time riding the rapids in a raft or kayak. All you need is a fast-moving river, life jackets and, or course, a boat, but if you're a novice, be sure to seek out the advice of someone who knows the river.In fact, it might be best to take a guided trip -- that way everything you need is provided for you. You might think that if someone else is doing the work, you can sit back and relax, but don't worry -- there's plenty of rowing to be done and as you hurtle down the river at alarming speeds, trust me, you'll get plenty of exercise trying to keep yourself above water, provided you're on a wild enough river. I went whitewater rafting in the Rockies last summer and it was one of the most exhilarating, exhausting days of my life.

But if still water if more your style, save the excitement (and your money) by renting a canoe. Even leisurely rowing burns around 600 calories an hour, so pack a picnic, grab your sweetheart and row yourselves out to somewhere secluded. The scenery and the time away from the hustle and bustle is priceless, and sculpting your arms is an added bonus. But if it's still too cold for you to head out on the water, you can get in shape by using one of those stationary rowing machines at the gym. Kayaking is also great on still water too! Take a lesson to get the hang of it.

Do you have a competitive streak? Dragon Boat racing might be for you. It's a sport that's hugely popular now, particularly at corporate challenges. Dragon Boating is a team sport that requires gargantuan effort from every member of the team to come in first. The race itself doesn't take to long, but if you train hard, you'll be in ship shape in no time.

Mohammed khalf
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