There are several health benefits of rowing machines. The devices are designed specifically to simulate the action used when rowing a boat or canoe. Some of the obvious benefits of this type of machine are that no water is required and there is no worry about getting caught in a storm. It can also be used to improve the rowing stroke, prepare for a rowing competition, or simply for overall conditioning. It provides variety to an otherwise dull exercise routine as well.
The arm motion required for this machine uses muscles of both the upper and lower arms, shoulders,hands and wrists. It is repetitive, so it can be helpful for strengthening any of those areas that have become weak. This action may also be useful for physical therapy. The legs are used to push off, requiring use of feet, ankles, lower legs, knees and thighs.
This type of exercise equipment takes up much less space than many home gym products. Many models can be stored under a bed or in a closet, which helps keep floors safe from obstacles that children or elderly family members can possibly trip over. It also offers flexibility, so the user can choose the number of repetitions or a specific amount of time, for a more planned fitness routine.
Because it uses so many large muscle groups, it can be considered a form of cardiovascular activity. This makes it a good machine for those wanting to improve overall cardiovascular fitness. It is also great for those who typically participate in more vigorous exercise, such as running, swimming or bicycling. It provides another option to break the monotony and maintain conditioning.
Cardiovascular activity increases the heart rate, so it will improve overall fitness of the heart, over a period of time. Because rowing increases cardiovascular fitness and uses so many muscles at one time, it also may help speed up metabolism, so that more calories are burned. Increased muscle mass generated from using air rowing machines will also help increase the metabolic rate.
Any action that requires the use of of major and minor muscles will also improve circulation. A person taking part in this type of exercise will eventually be able to be on their feet all day with less discomfort and fatigue. The use of water rowing machines may also help improve brain function, with increased blood flow to the brain.