Time to Take a Break From Rowing

The rowing season 2020 was not at all what we expected. We’re all well familiar with the reasons. This pandemic has changed all our lives this year. Maybe it’s time to take a rowing break to clear our minds.

For top athletes, taking a non rowing vacation is one of the best ways to expand your horizons and recharge for the upcoming season. While taking time off might offer a nice escape from the same old routine, it doesn’t have to be an escape from your regular workout routine. And many Athletes like to keep their exercise consistent while traveling anyway. And if you are lucky – you will be in good company.

Take it easy. You coach probably told you: “Go, relax for a few days. Do not think about rowing.” And he is right.

Take a Rowing Break – Vacation Fitness for Athletes

Emma Twiggs, biking  from SUI to TUR, Credit: Road Cycling.NZ

If you want to stay fit during your days off, consider the following activities a a good add on to your vacation:

Take a Rowing Break – Try Biking

You can do biking at almost every spot on earth: Mountains, streets, beaches – you name it. Many Top Athletes are biking during their “vacation” We have seen New Zealanders and Olympic champions ” riding their bikes in Switzerland and Italy a few years ago. Some, as Mahe Drysdahle were even competing in races.

  • Pushing pedals provides an aerobic workout. That’s great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels.
  • Cycling builds muscle. Maybe thats what you want.
  • It helps with everyday activities and clears your mind.
  • Pedaling builds bone.

Take a Rowing Break – Try Hiking

Some Athletes love hiking. Hiking is a sports where many of us relax. I feel like a different person after one week. Going for a one week hike in the woods or mountains might lead to:

  • Lower stress levels, improved mood, and enhanced mental wellbeing.
  • Clear mind and new ideas, muscle building.
  • Improved control over healthy weight.
  • Lower body fat.
  • Improved bone density.
  • Improved osteoarthritis outcomes.
  • Maintain and possibly increases in flexibility and coordination.

“No pain, no gain”, as they say. I personally like hiking trails. Flat or steep. And there are many of them. E.g. the “Camino” in Europe. Hiking in a spiritual environment

Many of them include certain athletic elements, such as long stages and, most importantly, a good climb or steep slopes on a long hiking route.  After all, only those who climb the mountain will be able to enjoy the views – and a well-deserved drink after the day’s exertions.

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