Weight loss is a prevailing goal in society today, whether it’s so you can look good in that new bathing suit or live your life a little healthier. There are so many methods out there to achieve that goal. For us kayakers, the question arises: is kayaking one of those methods? Can it really be a tool to help lose that bit of flab we’re tired of seeing? The answer is yes, and here’s why.
Think about this: it takes about .01 hp for you to move a kayak at a speed of about 5 mph, not taking weight into consideration. That burns about 400 calories per hour. So that means you could burn about 1200 calories in close to 3 hours time. Not too shabby!
Here’s something else interesting too: If you compare the calorie count of an hour of kayaking to an hour of walking, you’ll see kayaking burns an average of 40 calories more than straight walking (again, without taking weight into consideration).
But that doesn’t mean that a leisurely kayak trip out on the lake is gonna give you the numbers you want. As with almost everything in life, real results require you to put in some hard work! Push yourself to consistently paddle at a higher rate for a longer distance than you normally would. That means no time to stop and admire the scenery, unfortunately.
Another thing to keep in mind is the importance of proper dieting. Going out and exhausting yourself kayaking for a few hours doesn’t justify getting a double-bacon cheeseburger and a coke. You’re just going to undo all your hard work! Make sure you watch your input with calories: it’s just as important as your output!
Kayaking is definitely a great way to lose some weight. Take a couple of hours to paddle some distance every day, watch your diet, and you’ll be well on your way to losing those unwanted pounds and reaching your goal!