Rowing Machines: Four Reasons Why Everyone Should Have One

Now more than ever our schedules are jam-packed.  We have work, school, children, responsibilities, and commitments that keep our lives full and sometimes stressed.  We know it’s important to take care of ourselves, and we know that part of taking care of ourselves is maintaining our cardiovascular health, but it can be tediously difficult to carve out time to get to the gym, take a class, clean up for the remainder of the day, and get back to the places we need to be.  As such, many of us want something we can do to maintain our fitness at home.  But what is the best way to get a total body, low-impact, high-calorie burning, and heart-healthy workout at home?  Enter at home rowing machines.  Never before have we been able to get such a great workout from home.  Here are four reasons you should own an at-home rowing machine.   

  1. Rowing is a low impact.  Many difficulties we experience with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, such as running, can be avoided entirely with rowing.  While running provides a great cardiovascular workout, the toll it takes on the body doesn’t always make it the best option for everyone.  Running (especially with poor form) can be destructive to knees and ankles, and can break down cartilage or make existing joint issues worse.  Rowing is a low impact activity.  This means that there is little to no stress on the major joints of the body (such as knees).  The fluid motion of the pull and stroke uses both upper and lower muscle groups so stress is distributed evenly.  The result is an activity a user can maintain for extended periods of time without injury.  This makes rowing a great activity to do at home because it is both safe and effective.
  2. Rowing is a total body workout.  Not many forms of cardiovascular exercises can boost the use of as many muscle groups as rowing.  Unlike running or cycling, rowing uses 85% of the muscles in your body.  Legs, core, arms, back, and chest are all engaged when rowing.  Not only does this provide a great cardio workout, but because you are using so many muscle groups at once, you’re also getting the benefit of toning and strengthening those muscle groups.  Skip the gym and invest in a rowing machine to use at home and you will get cardio and weight training in one fell swoop. 
  3. Rowing provides a high caloric burn.  Unlike other forms of cardio exercise, rowing yields a higher caloric burn per minute of activity.  Compared with running or cycling, rowing at a moderate pace can burn significantly more calories.  This is mainly because of the amount of muscle groups being used while rowing. Because rowing is a low-impact activity, you may be able to sustain longer periods of rowing compared to other activities, giving you significantly higher calorie burn.  Having a rower at home gives you additional time to work out as you will not need to factor in travel time to and from a gym.  Additionally, you tone muscles while you are rowing, and the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you are able to burn.  
  4. Rowing is heart-healthy.  We know it’s important to perform cardiovascular activity to keep our hearts and lungs healthy.  In fact, it is recommended that we get at least thirty minutes of cardiovascular activity five times a week to maintain optimal heart health.  Rowing can provide this heart-healthy exercise in a short amount of time.  There’s no better way to get in a brief, thirty-minute workout than by using a rowing machine at home.  This effectively gets you a heart-pumping workout without disrupting your day with travel time to and from a gym.  

Rowing is a great exercise that practically everyone can perform.  It delivers significant benefits to your health and can be enjoyed in the comfort and convenience of your own home.  Being able to get in a highly effective workout at home can cut down on schedule disruptions and allow you to get healthy while still balancing your busy schedule.

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