In this article we are going to look at the benefits of rowing as an exercise and why it is an awesome exercise for anyone looking to lose weight and gain strength. The main reason that rowing is a good exercise for fat burning and strength is because it is classed as an Aerobic exercise and an Anaerobic exercise.
Aerobic exercise is basically any exercise that requires your body to use oxygen to fuel the muscles. As a rule you will find these exercises are a series of moves performed again and again. As you get fitter you will be able to perform more of these exercises at one time and that is what makes you stronger.
Rowing of course falls into this group because as you row you will be using the same movements in your arms to row. This will increase your heart rate and forces you to breathe more often, the oxygen is then sent to the muscles to keep them functioning.
As you get fit your muscles will be able to operate longer and this will increase your general fitness.
Rowing is also an Anaerobic exercise which means how much resistance your muscles have to deal with. Rowing provides resistance whether you are doing the real thing or on a machine. If you are actually rowing the water will provide the resistance however if you are on a machine you can tweak the settings to provide more resistance.
This means that as well as being a good exercise for fitness it will also bulk you up and you will become stronger and more muscular.
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