Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Health benefits include:
•Improved cardiovascular fitness
•Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest
•Increased torso and leg strength, as the strength to power a canoe or kayak comes mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
•Reduced risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues, since paddling is a low impact activity.