The days get longer and warmer and in the morning you leave the house to the lively twittering of birds - when spring is in full bloom, it drives many sun-seekers out of the house. The winter bacon is still sitting on the hips, the motivation for physical activity is growing. But who wants to spend his free time in the gym in the nice weather? If you like sports and want to enjoy nature, you should try it out in paddling.
Various types of canoes
Paddling or canoeing can also be combined with cycling and hiking, thereby exploring and enjoying nature in a variety of ways. Unlike the rowboat, the canoe sits in the direction of travel while paddling and only has one paddle that is not attached to the boat. There are two types of canoes: the kayak with double paddle and the Canadians, who are sitting or kneeling moved with a piercing paddle.
Canoeing: Sport for the whole family
Paddling is suitable for young and old and can be learned at almost any age (children should not be younger than eight years to sit alone in a canoe). Canoeing is a low-risk, extremely versatile sport. The special thing about paddling is its close relationship to nature. When paddling and environmental protection is important. Canoeing is therefore an ideal way to playfully teach the offspring how to handle the environment responsibly, while at the same time having lots of fun promoting fitness.
98 percent of all German canoeists go canoeing. When canoeing mostly shorter routes on quiet waters with longer hiking tours, often still connected with camping. Special canoe tours invite you to a weekend trip or a holiday trip. A special kayak offers plenty of storage space, but canoe rental companies sometimes offer the service to transport this separately. Those who want to combine canoeing with adventure can try rafting, whitewater kayaking or canoe slalom instead of canoeing.
Paddling and physical fitness
Who wants to canoeing, must meet only minor physical requirements. The first prerequisite is that you should be able to swim well. Most of the canoeing is the upper body in motion. The heaviest load when paddling arises for hull and arms. The upper body is loaded dynamically, in addition there is a static load on the lower body. If there are pre-existing conditions in these areas, a doctor must be consulted to rule out possible risks of overloading or other problems. Soreness arises when paddling accordingly, especially in the arms and upper body. Canoeing trains stamina, strength, coordination, and a sense of balance and tactics to varying degrees, depending on the discipline.
In order to minimize possible dangers, you should pay attention to certain measures, even if you occasionally swing into the kayak. In addition to the compulsory life vest, a helmet is included - although a helmet is not essential for shallow, calm waters, a headgear for protection from the sun should not be missing, as well as sunscreen or appropriate clothing to prevent sunburn. Also spare clothes belong in the canoe.
Canoeing and health
Whoever regularly practices paddling as a sport needs a strong and flexible back, as well as the shoulders. Balancing exercises are therefore important. Also, the risk of tendonitis is given by the constant holding and turning the paddle while canoeing. Keeping the arms warm and learning a loose paddle guide reduces the risk. Longer canoe trips should be interrupted by frequent breaks to avoid overstressing and over-fatigue and to perform relaxation and stretching exercises.
For example, those who practice coastal canoeing or otherwise like to go out into large bodies of water on their kayak are easily exposed to the danger of hypothermia - not only in the cold season. Even paddling in the summer can be dangerous, especially since the body can compensate for the heat loss only at water temperatures from 32 degrees. Even at a water temperature of 25 degrees, the body can overcool for a long time, as a person should cool down at the same temperature conditions in the water about 25 times faster. On the other hand, when paddling at high temperatures, the risks of a heat stroke should be considered.