Finding New Rowing Spots Via The Internet

If you’re an avid rower then you’ll want to find new places to go boating.  Cruising the internet for this is probably the best way to go as you’ll be able to compare different sites and see people’s opinions.  You can also find out about different things to watch out for, such as hazards and localism.

I love to cruise different boater blogs to find out about new locations.  It was this way that I found out about rowing the Fjords of Norway.  This is my dream destination, and I’m hoping to be able to do this in the next year or two!  I actually saw a photo of Lofoten on a blog and I did some online research through VisitNorway.com.

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If you’re cruising the internet for this kind of stuff, then you should definitely ensure that your computer is protected from viruses and malware.  There are a lot of malicious things out there, and hackers will try everything to get your data.  Using a software tool such as Spyhunter 4 is a great way to protect your PC from malware.  This article can help you to see what advantages the program has vs. other similar software tools.

Learning A New Langauge

So if you want to go on a boating adventure to another country, you might want to learn the local language so you have an easier time with everything. It’s hard to learn a new language, that’s for sure.  But with boating it’s helpful to be able to talk to the dock masters and others who might work on boats.  This is especially true if you end up needing repairs and help.  So make sure that you study the specific boat vocabulary that you might need.  I suggest that you look into getting a travel guide that will also help you with general words and phrases.

If you want to get a head start on learning at home before your trip, I definitely suggest that you look into getting the Language Hacking Guide (also known as Speak From Day 1) by Benny Lewis.  We wrote about it in our recent article on how to learn any language.  The main gist is that you really need to start using the language right away, have a good attitude, and also set small obtainable  (but concrete) goals.  You can’t just “want” to learn a language.

Anyway, I think learning a new language has implications and benefits beyond what you’re trying to do in sports.  It helps open your eyes to another culture and another way of seeing things.

 

Rowing As Exercise

What should you look for in a rowing machine?  There’s a lot to think about, and you should definitely investigate your options.  Here are some pointers:

If you’re looking for a good machine, expect to spend between $400 and $ 1,000. Rowing Machines Rowing machines give you a good aerobic workout and help strengthen the back, shoulders, stomach, legs, and arms. Of course, proper technique is very important. It takes a while to catch on to the coordination required to row properly. Improper technique can cause injuries, especially to the back. For this reason, people with back injuries should not use rowing machines without first checking with their doctors.

While rowing, it is extremely important that your back is straight and that you push with your legs and gradually bring your arms in, rather than push off with your arms and back. If you feel any back strain, choose another form of exercise. Because technique is so important, you’re better off having an exercise physiologist or some other exercise professional show you how to use a rowing machine properly before starting out.

There are three types of rowing machines. One type uses pistons that look like shock absorbers to provide resistance in the “oars.” These ate usually smaller and easier to store than other machines. Unfortunately, many piston-type machines do not have controls for adjusting the resistance.

Another type of rowing machine is an oarlock rower. The “oars” are attached to the side of the machine and the resistance is created from a hydraulic or friction device.

The most expensive rowers are flywheel rowers. These simulate actual rowing because they don’t stop when you do, like the other rowers. They simulate gliding along the water, because the flywheel keeps spinning, which also makes it possible for you to work up momentum as you row. You can change resistance on these machines by adjusting the gearing of the wheel.

In your search for a rowing machine, look again for sturdy construction. Make sure the frame doesn’t bow under your weight. Also, the frame should be heavy enough so that it doesn’t move or jump along the room as you row.

Make sure the rower fits you. You should be able to extend your legs fully when you stroke. And you should not have to lean too far to reach the handles. Having to lean too far puts unnecessary strain on your back.

Make sure the seat is comfortable and glides smoothly on the track while supporting your weight. Actually sit down and try the seat before buying.

Other features available on some rowers are timers and counters that record the number of rowing strokes.

For a good rowing machine, expect to pay between $250 and $850.

~Durak, Eric P. “Gearing up for fitness: if you’re shopping for an aerobic exercise machine, here are some facts to consider before you buy.” Diabetes Forecast Dec. 1989