The rowing machine gained in popularity as a great low-impact piece of cardio equipment in 2018 and that trend has continued into 2019.
It provides a full-body workout and burns more calories than running on a treadmill or cycling on an exercise bike. One of the best things about the rowing machine is that it can be used by people of all ages and fitness levels. Ideally, you should use a commercial rowing machine in a gym, but you can also get a rowing ergometer for your house or office.
There are a number of stationary exercises or cardio based exercise equipment at the gym, including the treadmill, exercise bike, cross trainer, etc. However, none of them provides the level of full-body workout that the rowing machine does. If you step foot in any gym you are likely to see a commercial running machine featured there and for good reason.
At the same time, it’s a low-impact workout, which means your joints aren’t subjected to a lot of stress or pressure. The motion of rowing impacts your lower-back and upper-back muscles, your shoulders and your arm muscles as well as the muscles in your thighs and glutes. Plus, your calf muscles are worked out a bit too.
A high percentage of people join a gym or start working out to lose weight. Rowing is an excellent exercise to burn calories fast. Since it’s not possible for everyone to row out on a lake or river, the rowing machine has become the perfect alternative. Harvard Medical School’s publishing arm, Harvard Health Publishing released data regarding the number of calories burned in 30 minutes due to a variety of exercises and activities. In the case of rowing, an average person weighing 155 pounds will lose between 260 and 316 calories, depending on whether they are rowing moderately or vigorously. A person weighing more than average at about 185 pounds, stands to lose between 311 and 377 pounds because of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous rowing.
Heart and Lungs
A cardiovascular workout is the key to a healthy heart and lungs. A rowing machine provides an excellent cardio workout, which reduces cholesterol levels in the body, enhances the immune system and protects the body from chronic obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and more.
If you’re already suffering from any of these chronic health conditions, then a cardio workout like rowing can help you lower the risk posed by these conditions and keep them under control. Consult your doctor before an intense workout, if you have a particularly serious heart condition or extremely high blood pressure.
Endurance or Stamina
Using a rowing machine over a period of time will improve your endurance or stamina significantly. It will be equivalent to what running or sprinting does to the endurance levels of the body. Higher endurance also means that the oxygen retention capacity of your lungs has improved, which will improve your overall health as well.
To get the maximum benefit from a rowing machine, you need to ensure that you maintain the correct rowing form during the workout. So, even if you plan to get a rowing machine at your place, initially, you should use one at a gym and learn the proper rowing technique and how to maintain the form from a professional trainer.