8 fun and unique activities to get you moving this summer

There’s nothing like being out on the water when it’s warm and the sun is shining. Though, instead of taking a ride on a boat this summer, why not do something more active and try a paddle sport like canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding?

Each of these activities involves paddling a waterborne vessel, with slight variations. Kayaks are closed-top vessels in which you sit and sweep the water past you with a double-bladed paddle. When canoeing, on the other hand, the boat is usually open-topped and your paddle only has one blade.

As for stand-up paddle boarding, it’s often described as a cross between surfing and canoeing. The vessel is flat like a big surfboard and you stand on top of it, paddling with a large, single-bladed paddle.

Paddling in general is a low-impact form of exercise, so it’s kind to your joints. But, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are also effective cardiovascular workouts that’ll help you to build strength and coordination. And, they’re great ways to explore nature; some popular paddling trips include a journey through the Wye Valley or down the Norfolk Broads.

Although each specific paddling activity is fun and provides a good workout, they’re all slightly different. Picking the best one for you will depend on a variety of factors – from what kind of experience you’re looking for to how fit you are.

To help you decide, why not take a look at these two articles from Cool of the Wind? One explains more about the differences between paddleboards and kayaks, while the other does the same for kayaks and canoes.

Once you’ve decided on which paddle sport you’d like to try, then it’s best to take a lesson before you head out. Though, the good news is that no matter where you live in the UK, you’re never too far away from a river, lake, reservoir, or even the ocean.

Author: wpadmin

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