While running along the waterfront this morning, a team of paddlers on a long narrow boat was cutting through the water as the fog was rising; what a sight! It turns out this was a dragon boat team in-training. Here’s a few of the many physical activity benefits of dragon boating:
- Dragon boating is considered an aerobic sport. Meaning, it consists of repeated movements of the same large muscle groups. It provides many health benefits such as strengthening your heart, improving your stamina, and lowering your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes.
- Paddling develops and maintains your muscular endurance. This means muscle (in this case your arm and core muscles) will fatigue less quickly. This comes in handy in your day-to-day life. For example, tasks like raking leaves or washing windows are easier when you have good muscle endurance.
- Being part of a dragon boat crew is also a social experience. Twenty paddlers, along with the help of a drummer and steerer, train together towards a race or regatta (a series of boat races at an event). Weekly practices are a great way to build camaraderie, foster a sense of belonging, and meet new friends.
Dragon boating can be for everyone. There are crews for young people, cancer survivors, busy moms, and more. The only things you need are your sea legs, a sense of adventure, and a good attitude. Will you join a boat crew this summer? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter @HealthyFamilyBC and @TeamPAL.