Okay, so kayaking may not be a daily exercise for most of us, but it is a great way to switch things up. I love kayaking because it can be as intense or relaxing a workout as you want it to be. Plus you can choose to work your arms or your core more. A podcast episode I would recommend checking out if you haven’t yet is the one about Movement with Tania Clarke from Move Deeply Wellness.
While on the one hand I can’t continue to emphasize enough how important exercise is for pain management, I also recognize that finding alternative, light exercises is a real need for many of us. I love kayaking because it provides this option. Also, apparently the size of your paddle changes what kind of workout you get. Shorter paddles are better for core muscles and longer are better for upper body! Regardless, I always take opportunities to just float for awhile. Gotta give the body some rest time while being outside!
I hope to get out at least 1-2 more times this summer. What’s your favourite alternative exercise option when it comes to chronic pain or illness?