If you are an avid paddler of kayaks, inflatable boats or even an inflatable dinghy, it is beneficial for your comfort and efficiency of paddling to do some warm-up stretches before tackling the water. Your torso moves in three different directions when paddling a kayak. If you do stretching in these three directions prior to paddling, it will certainly help deter any muscle pulls. It is important to take a few minutes and do some paddling motions or light running, too.
Stretch gently, only to the point where you feel the stretch and hold is position for 15 to 20 seconds, then repeat three times for each direction.Another type of stretch while sitting on the floor in your boat is called a C-stretch. It works your lateral flexibility on each side and helps with racing, rolling and just general edging of the boat. Do some torso-twisting exercises. This will twist your chest and shoulders so you feel the twist low and deep in your torso. Paddlers of kayaks and all other kinds of paddleboats will definitely derive benefit from this exercise.
It is easy to do and can be done in your boat. Grasp the deck with one of your hands assisting it with the other one behind and twist.Another area where pulls happen is the hamstring.
It can occur in almost any type of inflatable zodiac, kayaks or canoes. Hamstring stretches are the safest for your back if they are done while lying down with your legs extended straight up. Use a short section of webbing around the bottom of your feet or just grab your ankles, if you can, to help the stretch.
If a friend is handy, they can help by pushing your legs forward gently. Be sure to keep your legs as straight as possible all the while. Always remember to warm up and make it a habit to always cool down properly, too. Applying equal distances and difficulty levels to your paddling outing is also important.
Remember to have fun and always maintain a good attitude!.
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