Eight Ways Less is More With Adventure Rowing

by · November 19, 2014

Getting outside on the ocean, river or lake in an “all water” rowing boat equipped with sliding seat, rowing gear, and lightweight carbon fiber sculling oars can change your life for the better in small ways that are big.

1. Less Boredom—More Adventure!
Less staring at the same four walls on the same rowing machine, doing the same motions, in the same room temperature. With outdoor rowing it’s always changing, views, wind, waves. It’s so much more of an adventure!

2. Less Stress—More Peaceful, Happy Feelings!
Less tense muscles and mind load. Rhythmic breathing produced by rowing greatly reduces mental stress.

3. Fewer Health Issues—More Ease of Movement and Fitness!
Fewer aching joints, weak muscles, less weight gain, depression, etc.

4. Less Stale Air—More Fresh, Crisp, Oxygen-Rich Air!
No odors produced by sweaty gym rats or the recycled indoor air of the gym.

5. Less Pollution—More Clean Air to Breathe! More Nature Sounds!
Less stinky exhaust gasses, less noise, no fossil fuel consumption. Leaves no oily footprint behind.

6. Less Noise—More Sounds of Nature. More Serenity!
No roar from an engine and no yelling over it to be heard. Less disturbed and frightened wildlife. Noise travels a greater distance over water.

7. Less Chronic Pain—More Fun Moving!
Less need for medication for arthritis; less stiffness, faster healing of damaged joints. Rowing is a great way to warm up the joints.

8. Less Impact On Your Body—More Time Feeling Great!
Less need for surgeries due to impact on connective tissues of knees or hips causing joint damage as with jogging, etc. Rowing: a symmetric, balanced loading of 90% of the body’s muscles in a smooth fluid motion.

Rowing is one of the best health and fitness activities in existence. It’s a total body workout that is gentle and effective. An all water rowing/sculling boat is safe and can easily handle wind and waves. Some are even available with sails, which adds yet another dimension to being out on the water all year long.
Written by Marie Hutchinson, co-founder of Whitehall Rowing & Sail

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  1. George Kruzynski says:

    Greetings from North Saanich, BC. My wife, our 4 y old Portuguese Water Dog Daisy just got in from a morning row out of Westport marina by the Swartz Bay BC ferry terminal. We covered ~ 5 nautical miles at and average of 2.7 knots. Stopped several times to admire bufflehead ducks that have recently arrived for the winter, to eat an apple and generally goof off. We row a (1983) 13.4″ Gulf Island peapod as a double or single with sliding seat. A full crew is 3 PWD’s , my wife Jo’, and yours truly. I agree completely with all the points in the article. The problem I have is the pricing of these particular boats.Check out the website. Way back when,. ours cost us $1200 and about $800 for two pairs of excellent Shaw and Tenney oars. Let’s make it clear that one does not need to be a member of the 1% club to enjoy this sport. Bona fide hand-built used Whitehalls can be found for around 5K or less. Decent rowing boats quite often for about half that. We also row an Alden Ocean Shell double with two sets of Oarmasters. This one can be used as a single or double (but no dogs!) We are constantly amazed that rowing around here seems to be “untrendy”…well other than with the racing/scull fraternity. Rowing for fun seems to be completely off the radar here in the southern Gulf Islands and environs…so your article is certainly heading in the right direction. More power to you 🙂

  2. After being boatless for a few years (how awful!), we’ve just purchased a gorgeous little lateen rigged rowboat. We’re pretty excited to get back in the boating world and join the small boat community again!


    Katie and Mark

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