Exercising doesn’t have to be tedious, particularly when North Carolina’s largest man-made lake is so close. Here are seven lake activities that can help increase your strength and fitness this summer:
- Swimming – Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise. It is a low-impact activity, which means your bones and joints are not jolted by your movements, and it both strengthens multiple regions of muscles and greatly improves endurance.
- Kayaking or canoeing – Like swimming, kayaking and canoeing are both low-impact activities that do not put as much stress on bones and joints. These activites strengthen many muscle groups in the upper body and torso, while also improving cardiovascular fitness.
- Paddleboarding – Stand up paddleboarding requires great balance, particularly when it is done on choppier bodies of water, such as oceans or wind-swept lakes. It strengthens almost every muscle in the body, which makes it great for cross training, while simultaneously offering an aerobic workout.
- Boating activities – Tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding – all of these fun activities strengthen the body’s muscles, particularly in the upper body, while also providing hours of fun. These activities are higher impact than swimming, kayaking/canoeing, and paddleboarding.
- Sailing – The health benefits of sailing depend on the size and type of sailboat used, though often include muscle strengthening, improved cardiovascular health, increased agility and better concentration.
- Windsurfing – Windsurfing requires the application of body weight to shift a sail, as well as balance to remain upright on the surfboard. These two demands on the body result in greater upper and lower body strength, stronger core muscles, and better mental health.
- Playing with your kids – Kids have enormous amounts of energy. Trying to keep up with them in the water (or even out, for that matter) will give you a serious workout, as well as the chance to bond.
Note: Consider discussing your particular health conditions with your physician before beginning any new physical activity.