Healthy LI: Benefits of Kayaking

Helps you lose weight

Like any exercise, kayaking is great for getting your heart rate up and shedding some unwanted fat! What is great about kayaking is that you may feel like you’re not doing exercise at all. Studies show that the average person can burn roughly 400 calories in an hour of kayaking.

Improved cardiovascular fitness

Kayaking id a great way to get your heart rate up. For the people who know how difficult kayaking can be, they may know how out of breath you can get and how high your heart rate can get during this activity. This form of exercise is more enjoyable and less strenuous on your joints and tissues as well making this a workout you can do at any age.

Increased muscle strength

Kayaking targets your arms, hands, abs, chest, shoulders and especially your heart. Kayaking is an intense aerobic workout that works many parts of the body while having fun at the same time.

Reduced stress and improve mental health

Many aerobic exercises have been proven to improve ones mental health. Kayaking is a great way to do this, as kayaking involves thinking and navigating. In doing so, one many be able to clean their mind of unwanted thoughts and negativity.

Great for kids

Kayaking is a great activity for people of all ages! This aerobic exercise is not seen as a workout, making it a fun way to get people active. It is also a great family activity that allows for children to participate as well when accompanied by an adult




Some of our favorite places to Kayak:

  • Captree State Park
  • Heckscher State Park
  • Northwest Harbor County Park
  • Smith Point Marina
  • Cedar Beach County Park
  • Jones Beach
  • Oyster Bay Harbor

Check out this link to find some tips and locations to kayak on Long Island!


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