My new favourite workout partner: The WaterRower

Born and raised in Edmonton, I am no stranger to the long winters Mother Nature so kindly provides us. To be honest, I don’t mind our winters – playing shinny at the ODR with friends and snowboarding in the Rockies are two of my favourite activities. But I’m also aware that it can be freezing cold and really icy which doesn’t allow for many bike rides around my neighbourhood. So in anticipation of winter, I ordered this beauty a month ago in effort to stay fit while the bears hibernate. Those bears will never get me!

rowing_action_muscle_animationLadies and gentlemen, I would like you to meet my WaterRower. And folks, let me tell you first hand that rowing is one heck of a workout. Click on the image above and you will see the many muscles – arms, abs, back, and legs – that are constantly contracting and relaxing to keep your body moving. Add the effort that your heart and lungs are putting in and you’ve got the complete exercise package.

One machine that does it all… What more can you want? Well, I’m glad you asked, friend! Rowing is also great because it is low impact! That means my cranky ol’ knees won’t be worn away as much as running on a treadmill. Choosing low impact cardio activities over the high impact ones can help prolong the lifespan of your weight bearing joints (low back, hips, knees, ankles, and feet).

But let’s be honest. My absolute favourite part about my tumblr_myzlvoRxz41qgm5xfo1_400rower is that I can work a bunch of muscle groups and my cardiovascular system all while watching TV! This is truly the dream. Netflix binging and sports watching has never been so sweet.

If you have the chance to try rowing, definitely give it a shot. Keep in mind that there is a specific technique so you save your back and improve your movement efficiency. Alright, now back to sweating and, of course, watching the NFL!

– Chris

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