What are the benefits of using a rowing machine? All too often, we’re told to jump on a treadmill, or in this case, a rowing machine, and workout until the sweat drips down our face. While you may be a dedicated rower or you might be listening to the advice of a fitness expert, it’s important to know what benefits you’ll see from your efforts.
Designed to mimic water-based rowing, these machines provide immense benefits to users.
Remember, these benefits are all based on rowing for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. If you’re only rowing for 10 – 15 minutes, you’ll still see results, but the overall benefits will be diminished as a result.
1. Boost Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular health is extremely important. Improving the functioning of the lungs and heart, rowing increases your heart rate and breath volume. Being an exercise that incorporates several major muscle groups, rowing will force your body to pump more blood into your muscle tissue and deliver nutrients to your cells.
During this process, toxins are also being removed from the body.
All of this exertion leads to increase cardiovascular health and fitness. Internally, your heart and lungs will begin to operate more efficiently, and you’ll feel better as a result.
Note: You must perform a sustained session that increases your heart rate.
2. Increased Strength and Endurance
The result of any cardiovascular exercise is increased endurance and stamina. Not only will you be able to withstand longer rowing sessions without getting out of breath, you will also be able to walk longer distances and feel less exerted as a result.
Rowing also adds to muscle endurance.
Repeatedly performing an exercise or movement results in muscular endurance. That is, you will be able to perform the same exercise with greater ease over time without feeling tired or fatigued.
Of course, you will want to increase your resistance levels because every rowing session should be somewhat difficult. As resistance levels increase, you will also be increasing your overall muscular strength.
3. Low Impact Exercise
Anyone with injuries or that is older will find that rowing has a major benefit: it is low impact. What does this mean? In short, rowing is less taxing on your joints. Since your feet are on foot pads and there is no weight bearing on your knees, you will be able to perform the entire rowing movement with little impact on major joints, such as the knees, ankles and hips.
Anyone that is older will find that this is a major benefit over running.
Those with injuries, such as knee or hip injuries, can still work their leg muscles when rowing without fear of overworking or further injuring the joint.
Rowing is a low-cost, easy way to get exercise without hurting your joints. Increasing cardiovascular and muscle endurance, rowing just 30 to 60 minutes per day 3 – 4 times per week can greatly increase your heart and lung health while helping you lose weight and gain muscle. This is also an activity that can be done in the privacy of your own home or in a group setting.