The great benefits of using the rowing machine

Fri 7 Aug 2015

Rowing machine is beneficial for improving the overall fitness, health and wellbeing. The movement of it is supposed to mimic the benefits of true water-based rowing. People choose rowing as it is tough and it will take you through your paces and help you achieve your goals faster. Rowing will help you build and tone your muscles, strengthen your cardiovascular function and increase your stamina. Rowing machines are perfect for any age and ability; they are particularly effective for older fitness enthusiasts because they place no strain on your back and joints.

Weight loss

This piece of equipment will help burn your calories much quicker than other cardiovascular pieces of equipment. Make sure to include time on the rowing machine if weight loss if one of your aims. A vigorous workout on a rowing machine can burn about 377 calories in 30 minutes. Great tip for next week: start or end your workout on the rowing machine and see how it makes you feel. It will work different muscles than running or cycling would do.

Cardiovascular benefits

The rowing machine will also increase the heart’s function and use carbohydrates to provide the energy required to exercise. Keeping the rowing machine tension at a low level will allow you to maintain a high rate of speed with little resistance in order to reach and maintain an aerobic state. Aerobic exercise improves lung, heart and circulation system and therefore will provide you with an effective exercise routine.

Muscle toning

By using the rowing machine you will be using literally every major muscle group in your body, which is great news if you are looking at toning up your body. This type of exercise will put very little pressure on your joints; instead you will be working your legs, hips and buttocks, strengthening your back, shoulders and arms, and engaging your trunk and core with each stroke. Make sure to adjust the resistance if you feel like the workout is getting too easy for you.

Stress reduction

The rowing machine is not just a great exercise for burning fat and strengthening the body but it is also great for fighting stress and lifting your mood. It will help you after a stressful day at work and will relax you ready for bed. It is proven that cardiovascular workouts, in particular, increase the amount of endorphins released in the body, which can reduce stress and even lift feelings of depression.

Make sure to include the rowing machine in your daily workout to see the great range of benefits that it has to offer. If in any doubt on how to use the equipment, see one of our health and wellbeing advisors and they will be able to show you how the equipment is used and how it can be incorporated in your workout programme