If you haven’t included rowing in your exercise regime, you are missing out on some pretty great benefits. Benefits that will take you to new and higher levels of fitness. What are those benefits specifically?

Here are just a few:

Stronger upper body

Because rowing involves using your arms, shoulders and upper back to pull back, you’re building an upper body that is stronger which helps make everyday activities such as lifting groceries, picking up the kids, gardening and doing housework easier to do.

Stronger lower body

Not only is your upper body going to get stronger when you row for exercise, but so is your lower body. Using your thighs, hamstrings, calves and hip flexors to push against the platform enhance the strength in your lower body which makes walking, chasing after kids, and lifting heavy objects (such as when you are moving around furniture or landscaping your yard with big rocks) not as taxing on your body.

Stronger core

When you contract your muscles in your stomach and lower back to complete the rowing exercises by using proper form, you’re making a stronger core. This helps you have better posture while also reducing the fat that you carry around your belly, which is the most dangerous place to have it.

Better cardio fitness

The back and forth rowing motions will get your heart rate going which is wonderful for your cardiovascular system. You’ll lower your risk of heart disease and strokes and get your blood pumping all of the oxygen and nutrients to your organs and muscles where they need them, while burning excess calories in the process.

As you can see, rowing is great for every aspect of fitness. It can help you gain muscle and lose weight so you can look in the mirror and like what you see. Correction: Love what you see.