Rowing machines, also known as ergometers or indoor rowers, are a popular piece of exercise equipment that simulate the motion of rowing a boat. These machines offer a full-body workout that can help improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, and endurance. I bought a rowing machine a few years ago and it has become my favorite form of fitness (when not outside).
Provides low impact exercise
Unlike running or other high-impact forms of exercise, rowing provides a low-impact way to work out without putting stress on your joints. Unlike running or jumping, rowing is a non-weight bearing exercise, which means it puts less stress on the joints and is easier on the body. This makes it a great option for people with injuries or chronic pain.
Burn More Calories and raise metabolism
The combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise makes it a great calorie burner. A 30-minute session on the rowing machine can burn up to 300 calories, so it’s perfect for those trying to lose weight or maintain their current weight. Rowing can also increase your metabolism and make it easier to burn more fat faster. Not only that, but regular rowing also helps build muscle mass, further aiding in the burning of calories even when you’re not rowing.
When it comes to stress relief, rowing is unparalleled. Not only does it provide a great cardiovascular workout, but it also gives you time to clear your mind and destress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you’re rowing, focus on your breathing and rhythm as you row away any worries or anxieties. You’ll soon find yourself in a state of relaxation that can help center you and give you a sense of peace. Additionally, regular rowing has also been shown to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Improves cardiovascular health
Regular rowing helps strengthen your heart and lungs, which encourages better circulation and helps reduce the risk of heart disease. The motion of rowing requires the use of the legs, arms, and core, which all work together to get your heart rate up. This can help improve cardiovascular fitness, endurance and burn calories. The intensity of the workout can be adjusted by changing the resistance level on the machine, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts.
It’s a full-body workout
Rowing uses almost every muscle group in your body, allowing you to get a comprehensive workout in a short amount of time. The legs, core, and arms are all engaged during the rowing motion, which can lead to improved muscle tone and strength. Additionally, the use of the core muscles can help improve posture, which can reduce back pain and improve overall health.
What to purchase
When it comes to purchasing a rowing machine, there are a few things to consider. First, decide on the type of machine you want. There are two main types of rowing machines: air and water resistance. Air resistance machines use a flywheel to create resistance, while water resistance machines use a water tank. Water resistance machines tend to be more realistic and provide a smoother, more natural rowing motion, but they are also more expensive. Here are a few options for rowing machines you might want to consider:
Nordictrack - Smooth and quiet full body workout. Extremely easy to use.
Aviron -Modern and compact design, coupled with patented features exclusive to Aviron, comfortable and easy to use.
Sole Fitness - SR500 - Great For High Intensity Workouts. Magnetic resistance motion to create a realistic 'on the water' sensation.
Here's to your health.