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Paddling Into Old Age

With a few adaptations and some extra planning, paddling is truly a lifelong sport.

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Paddling Is One of the Best Low-Impact Exercises for Seniors

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One of the best recommendations we can give you is to stay fit all year long, both during the paddle season and during the off-season. Light strength training and stretching will make a considerable difference in both your ability to stay on the water longer and paddle injury-free. This is true for paddlers of any age, but it’s especially true the older we get.

Paddling is a relaxing, low-impact activity. Spending time in nature is good for all ages, but there are a few items to consider when it comes to paddling in your golden years. 

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Another important tip is to be sure to use proper paddling technique. Many people assume it’s just about your shoulders and arms. In reality, your entire  body—starting with your feet—should be engaged in your paddling strokes.

Think "use larger muscles vs smaller ones"

Your abs and chest are much stronger than your biceps.
Not only does the correct technique give you more power with every stroke, it’s easier on your body and less likely to contribute to sh
oulder and wrist issues.

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