Actress Shilpa Shetty begins almost every week by encouraging people to stay healthy. Going by her perfect figure and Instagram videos, she loves being fit. Her videos are all about healthy eating and challenging herself by trying out different exercises. Her latest video is all about rowing and its health benefits. Well, she didn’t get on a boat to workout, but she did hit the gym for rowing. The Bollywood actress even added an entertainment element to it by singing. So, get on the rowing machine to work on all your major muscles.
The actress’ Instagram post was equally fun. She gave her own twist to the nursery rhyme, “Row, row, row your boat.”
She wrote, “Row Row Roar your machine, Gently by the sea, Merrily Merrily Merrily Merrily, Life is about being healthy.” The actress, who motivates her followers by posting her workout videos, noted that some days are slow, but you have to keep rowing!
How to perform rowing exercise?
Shilpa shared that rowing is a full body workout. All you have to do is use your lower body muscles to propel your body back and your upper body muscles to row.
Check out the video here!
Major muscles that get worked in every stroke while rowing –
The actress said that rowing not only builds power, but also strengthens and tones your muscles. It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise that helps in fat loss. Being low impact, it does not put any added stress on the joints of your body.
Rowing is a full body strength-endurance sport
Have you ever tried rowing a boat? Well, you should, as rowing is a full body strength-endurance sport, which has an aerobic and anaerobic component. According to Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, dynamic balance control is said to be disruptive under visual deprivation conditions, and anatomic deformation leads to asymmetric muscle strength. So, rowing exercise that needs well-balanced symmetric movement might help those who are visually impaired, especially people with scoliosis.
Rowing is helpful to women breast cancer survivors too
Rowing is a great exercise for all, and women breast cancer survivors have also found it to be an activity that improves the sequelae of the disease. It helps in reducing pain, improving muscle activation, increasing the range of movement in the upper limbs and increasing strength and muscle function. Among outdoor activities, rowing is considered to be one of the most complete water sports. It involves the work of the musculature of the upper and lower limbs and almost all the body’s musculature, as per the International Journal of Environmental Research And Public Health.
It is a sport in which symmetrical movements are performed that don’t need forced position and that combine the work of aerobic endurance and strength. It is believed that this type of activity improves the quality of life of cancer patients, including psychological, social, physical and emotional aspects. It favours their rehabilitation, self-esteem, and helps in normalising their daily life.
The practice of rowing has psychosocial benefits for cancer survivors, as it is a team sport. It promotes the development of social relationships, and they find the support they need in other women who have gone through or are facing the same situation.