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Benefits of Kayaking

Heather Zweifel | Writer

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and you love being outdoors, consider kayaking. Yes, kayaking! Kayaking can be an answer for those who are looking for something physical and exciting to do. Kayaking is not only a hobby, but also a way to tone your whole body.

A majority of college students like being physically active. Kayaking is another option to consider. As you are pushing yourself through the water, you are improving your flexibility and strength. Your chest, arms, back, shoulders, and legs all get a good workout. While kayaking is a low-impact hobby, you are also increasing your heart rate, thereby strengthening the heart muscles.

Aside from the physical benefits, kayaking also has positive mental effects. While kayaking, the brain produces chemicals that include serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine causing “feel good” endorphins.

“Kayaking allows one to experience nature from a different perspective (on the water),” said nature enthusiast Steve Kosluk.

Kosluk also likes the quiet experience that allows you to get close up to nature without scaring the wildlife.

In conclusion, kayaking is not just a hobby to some people. It's a way to exercise and explore what’s around them.


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