Indoor Vs Outdoor Rowing For Fun And Fitness


Australia is home to many great outdoor activities.

One of these is outdoor rowing which is not only fun but a fantastic way to get fit and healthy.

There are many benefits to rowing:

  • It is a low-impact sport; even the elderly can use outdoor rowing as a way to get fit and strong.
  • It gives your body a full body workout; rowing uses your legs, arms, shoulders, upper back and actively engages your core muscles.
  • Burns a ton of calories! Studies show that rowing for 2km burns almost twice the same amount of calories as running for 3km.
  • Builds muscles, improves cardiovascular endurance and conditioning levels.
  • Strengthens stabilising muscles to reduce risk of injury.

In addition, you get to see the beautiful sights and scenery!

But is outdoor rowing the same as indoor rowing?

These two forms of rowing will give you health and fitness benefits on all levels.

The differences lie in the following:

1. Balance – Outdoor rowing requires more balance than indoor rowing. If you shift weight incorrectly, you may suddenly find yourself treading water. Indoor rowing requires no balance. Just strap yourself and row away!

2. Attention Level – Outdoor rowing requires you to pay more attention to your surroundings because you are in an uncontrolled environment. The winds can change, the waves can build up and these factors will affect how you should row.

3. Training – Both forms require training and attention to proper technique. But formal training is more important for outdoor training.

You are navigating a means of transportation through nature whilst on an indoor rower you are working on a piece of equipment that is bolted into place.

If you are planning to use outdoor rowing as your primary fitness activity, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Join a rowing club if you are venturing into rowing as a full-time physical activity. You will learn correct technique and gain valuable information on how to make outdoor rowing more productive and safe.
  • Wear safety gear all the time.
  • Be aware of changes in the weather before heading out to water.
  • Always warm up before exercise; perform dynamic stretching for your shoulders, lower back, hips, legs and arms.
  • Stay hydrated at all times.

A good outdoor rowing workout would be to row as hard and fast as you can for a predetermined set of intervals.

A 15-20 minute High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT program will get you toned, fit and healthy in no time at all with fewer chances of injury.

Then warm down and enjoy the great outdoors!