The most essential types of preparation apart the first aid training and health is body-training.
Paddling for hours is a exercise in and of itself, but beginning from cold can be risky and exhausting.
The reasons to exercise before an excursion:
- To be “in shape” to feel well and not overstrained
- not to create a barrier to the other groups that could be prepared
- Protect yourself from injuries and ensure the safety of your spine, articulations , and muscles
- Protect your cardiovascular system
- Be alert throughout the trip
- And, of course, you’ll enjoy more.
Kayaking and canoeing demand a huge muscular strength in your upper body as well as endurance, and flexibility. The whole body is needed to portage, while kayaking in wild waters requires more agility and power, along with an increased level of alertness.
Some stretching before starting …
What kind of preparation is required, how long and how often?
Since this is contingent on your personal level as well as the length of travel and the type of trip you are planning Go to a professional trainer and request an agenda of training.
Start around. 4 weeks prior to your travel. It is best to stay fit throughout the time, and of course …
Core and upper body strength
The muscles that are the most often neglected are those in the back of your lower. Since they are part of the “power transfer” connecting the lower back to the upper body and boat, they’re in use throughout the day.
Furthermore, abdominal, shoulders, triceps, biceps as well as … finger stretchers. In order to protect your fingers wrists, elbows, and tendons through specific exercises is a great idea. What’s your neck doing? Sure, you’ll have to hold your head straight all day long.
Also, don’t forget to keep the minimum amount of exercise for your legs in the end, because an untrained body is not just attractive and attractive, but it will also make you happy when you are faced by a five-mile portaging.
Flexibility is crucial to avoid injury. Make sure you are focusing on your upper body’s rotation, shoulders and the arms.
Cardio and Endurance
Any endurance sport is good
Training in intervals is beneficial as it is a mix of intense cardio and energy as well as short breaks to decrease it.
The most effective training?
The most effective training for paddling involves … paddling! If you can do this all year long make use of it. It doesn’t require an avid winter camper. A half-day trip at times can suffice.
Enjoy your super-body!