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Health Benefits - Rowing

Physical Health

  • Great for developing all the body’s major muscle groups including arms, legs, back and abdomen.
  • Good for aerobic fitness but is also low impact on the joints.
  • Stretches out the muscles and puts your joints through a good range of motion. Also helps with flexibility and mobility.

Mental Health

  • It is a great way to release stress both through the physical exertion and through the calming influence of tranquil outdoor waters.
  • Being out on the water and breathing in the fresh air refreshes and clears the mind from daily distractions.

Rehab and Recovery

  • Always discuss any rehab or recovery plan with your health care provider.
  • Rowing is largely gentle on the joints and can be executed at a pace that suits you.
  • You can enjoy rowing at any age and unlike higher impact sports is kinder to the body and so can often be kept up for life.


  • Rowing can be enjoyed alone or as part of a team.
  • Being part of a rowing team can be hugely satisfying as you all learn to row in synchronisation for team success.
  • Being part of a team is a great way to meet new people and build great friendships.
  • Rowing can be a great way to explore parts of the coast and rivers that other sports do not reach.

Weight Management

  • Rowing at a moderate pace will burn about 500 calories per hour and more strenuous paddling can burn up to 800 calories per hour.
  • A great aerobic and anaerobic exercise to help with weight management.

Healthy You

Pembrokeshire offers many ways of improving your health, from increasing stamina/strength, losing weight or improving your positive mental health and wellbeing.


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