I talked to my husband over dinner the other night and asked him – ‘Hon, what would you find interesting enough to motivate you to exercise?’ “Read the paper” was his reply. Hum, I thought – I guess he’s not working with me. Oh and if you noticed that, yes, we still get home delivery everyday. I just can’t start my day without a fresh new crossword and sudoku waiting for me – the day would just not be the same…
Anyway, it turns out that he was helping me – he was talking about an article on rowing in the Houston Chronicle’s StarHealth section. Normally on Monday’s they have an interesting health article.
So, I was able to read the article because I have the paper, but when I looked online without logging in, I couldn’t see very much – here’s the link for you if you want to check it out – Houston Chronicle. So I tried Google and sure enough – the article was top on the organic search results – but this time for The Sydney Morning Herald.
You can read the original article by Stephanie Kanowitz that ran in the Washington Post. You should be able to read the whole article without signing in but if you cannot read it, let me know via the contact page and I’ll see if I can help.
Washington DC, Houston Texas and Sydney Australia in just a few days. That’s a good indicator that there is a lot of interest on the topic. Any exercise that gives you a full body workout is interesting to me and I’m hoping you’ll find it interesting enough to motivate you to give it a try too.
The rowing is a total body cardio exercise that primarily targets the upper thighs and to a lesser degree targets the shoulders, biceps, forearms, abs, calves, lats, middle back, lower back, glutes, hamstrings, and hip flexors. You just can’t get much better than that in a single exercise!
We did some shopping for you and if you click on the picture on the left, you’ll see some of the rowers that Amazon has to offer. Amazon is running a sale on quite a few and you can even have them assemble it. I recommend a mat for under the machine to protect your flooring.
If you have the time, you might want to go to your local sports store to see the different models before you buy. As with any exercise equipment, shop around. Be sure it’s sturdy and not too cheaply made. As you know, you’ll want to be sure this is an exercise you’ll stick with before you spend too much. You don’t want it to gather dust and clothes like my old treadmill in the bedroom.
Ok, gotta run – going to the gym to add rowing to my routine ! Seriously !
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PS. As I recommended in Jump for your Heart I added Jump Rope to my routine. Mixing it up is definitely keeping it interesting – I hit 30 jumps today before I lost my rhythm, so I’m going in the right direction. Good luck with your routine !!