Kayaking Lets You Explore Nature And Have Fun Doing It

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You would be hard-pressed to find an activity more rewarding than kayaking. Even if you're not fit, this is a low-impact exercise that can improve your physique, mood, and overall level of happiness. As an added benefit, you can do all this while enjoying yourself and exploring nature.

When you put all of these benefits together, you potentially have the greatest recreational activity possible for a human being. This doesn't even include the social benefits. Kayaking is one of the best ways to bond with existing friends and create new friendships. Whenever you're in a positive setting, such as in the kayaking world, you're going to find good people. This, in turn, is going to improve your mood. That positive mood will also make you more productive when you get back to work or continue working or begin/continue working on something creative.

Getting Started Kayaking

The first thing you need to know is that most kayaks are single. That means you're the only one inside the boat. You will have a double-sided paddle to propel you through the water.

If you're a beginner, it's highly recommended that you begin on flat water. This should also be flat water that doesn't have much wind. If it's windy, you're going to find yourself floating sideways and will become frustrated. Without wind, you're going to have total control of your direction.

If you're a beginner and you feel a bit intimidated, ask a friend to go with you in a tandem kayak. This way, if you struggle at first, you can both laugh about it. It won't be long before you're moving with ease because it's not complicated and you will have double the power. Not only that, you will have an opportunity to explore nature together.

Equipment Needed

You're obviously going to need the kayak itself, but you can simply rent one if you want. If you're renting a kayak, the paddle comes with the boat. Of course, you will need a lifejacket. There are no exceptions to this rule regardless of your skill level or location.

Some people want to have a bilge pump to remove excess water, but all you really need is a small plastic container. If you're paddling on a river, you don't need anything extra to remove water. You can simply paddle to the riverbank and turn the kayak upside down to remove any excess water. Kayaks are light, so this shouldn't be an issue.

You're also going to want a waterproof bag for food and a change of clothes. You will want that food because you will be burning an average of 500 calories per hour. The change of clothes is just in case you get too wet and uncomfortable. Also consider bringing a whistle in case of emergency, as well as bug spray in case you choose to explore the woods somewhere.

Tips To Maximizing Enjoyment

Bring the items listed above for the best experience possible, but that's not all. You also want to bring a hat, sunblock, and sunglasses for protection against the sun; water to stay hydrated; a towel; and a waterproof camera for memories.

Those are the necessities, but what will really maximize your enjoyment is exploration. When you're kayaking, you will have access to natural settings that very few people have access to. A kayak is going to be able to maneuver into small spaces much better than a boat. This will allow you to unwind away from people, noise, and pollution. And if you're still and quiet, you will likely get to see wildlife.

You're going to be able to do all this while reducing stress; increasing happiness, focus, and memory; and improving sleep. In the meantime, you will be soaking up Vitamin D, which leads to stronger bones, improved brain development and muscle function, a stronger heart, and a boosted immune system.

If you're seeking physical benefits, you're usually going to burn 1,000 to 2,000 calories during one afternoon kayaking session. This will help you achieve your ideal body weight if you're consistent. Kayaking also engages your core, which will help define your abs. And it will significantly improve your upper body strength in your back, shoulders, and chest. 

Kayaking is potentially the most rewarding activity on the planet because of all of its benefits: social, physical, mental, and adventure.

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