I love being “my age” and able to be active. Our investment in good health is really paying off – I wish that for everyone.
On Vancouver Island, it’s one of those amazingly beautiful hot days today. I always count my blessings, but catching time with my husband and son to slip into our kayaks and paddle through calm waters in the soft warmth of the setting sun calls for extra thanks!
Our kayaks are the simple recreational type, but it’s still a good exercise for the
- torso and legs (with body rotation) and
- leg pressure on the foot holds.
Of course, it takes arm, shoulder and back strength to paddle, and results in a good cardiovascular workout that doesn’t seem like one, since you’re out absorbing the beauty of nature.
With distractions of rippling waters, jumping fish (the salmon were begging to be caught), birds, snow-clad mountains, people playing on the beaches … I wasn’t giving the least thought to the cardio benefits of what I was doing.
There are exercises to prepare for serious kayaking, which I guess I’m going to have to take a serious look at. I might be able to sneak some of the lifts and stretches into my daily routine to avoid any shoulder and wrist injuries.
Some people take anything to a whole new level that we wouldn’t even consider … like this group of kayakers just out to have some fun.
There was a large, flat-type double kayak out at the same time. The couple stayed in the same spot as if anchored, undoubtedly enjoying the mountains across the Georgia Strait, and the most-welcome warmth. Sweet.
Here’s hoping that you can make the time to enjoy the best of our summer weather with the people you love.