Many people are seeking new and exciting ways to become more active, whether it is for fitness, health or finding new family events to enjoy together. Kayaking and canoeing are excellent low-impact activities that improve aerobic fitness, increase strength and add to your flexibility.
Difference Between a Kayak and Canoe
Before deciding whether canoeing or kayaking is right for you, it is important to know the difference between the two vessels. A canoe is an open vessel where you kneel or sit inside. A single-bladed paddle is used to push you through the water. A kayak is enclosed and you sit inside it with your legs extended in front of you. To move through the water, you use a double-sided paddle. Although this is the common difference between the two, specialty kayaks may be open while specialty canoes may be enclosed, but these are designed for specific uses and are not common.
Kayaking and canoeing are low-impact exercises which make them perfect for those who are unable to perform strenuous exercise. Both activities improve cardiovascular fitness as well as increased muscle strength, especially in the back, arms, shoulders and chest. Regular canoeing and kayaking can improve torso and leg strength as the vessel is often maneuvered by rotating the torso and using leg pressure. Because it is low-impact, there is less stress on the joints and tissues.
For many people, canoeing and kayaking provide a peaceful and meditative activity where they can traverse small streams where very few other people are found. Many enjoy the time spent with nature as the small vessels provide a close look at the natural habitat of many birds and animals. It is also possible to combine other activities, like fishing, which also provides mental health benefits. For those who begin kayaking and canoeing as a family activity, the activities can bring parents and children closer together while also providing some educational benefits for children.
Preparing for Canoeing or Kayaking
There are some preparations you must make before heading out in a kayak or canoe. It is recommended that all kayakers or canoers wear a personal floatation device. In some areas, this is mandatory. Helmets are also recommended, especially in kayaks as they are prone to tipping over. In cooler weather, it is recommended that you wear a wetsuit should the canoe or kayak tip over.
If you enjoy canoeing or kayaking, consider a trip to Lovers Key State Park. Located between the quaint town of Fort Myers Beach and the city of Bonita Springs, Lovers Key State Park is one of the five most visited state parks in Florida. Kayaks and canoes are available for rental along with other small watercraft, allowing you to paddle through a mangrove trail, viewing manatees, dolphins, alligators, ospreys and more. There are even guided tours available to provide you and your family with extensive information about the wildlife and history of this beautiful natural environment. Contact Lovers Key Adventures today to learn more about kayaking and canoeing in the park. You can visit them online or give them a call at 239-765-7788.
Lovers Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd,
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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