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Australia is home to some amazing bodies of water, from beautiful lakes and rivers to sparkling oceans. And one of the best ways to enjoy these beauties is to get out amongst them. If you want to go beyond simply swimming, eBay has a huge range of boating and water sports equipment so you can better enjoy your time in the water.

The health benefits of canoeing and kayaking

Canoes and kayaks can be a fun way to get in shape if you’re sick of heading into the gym early in the morning before work or going out on the same old boring running and cycling routes.

Unlike many other types of exercise, canoeing and kayaking are low-impact activities that can put less strain on your muscles and joints. Instead of pounding the pavement over and over again, the water acts as some fluid resistance that is easier on your body. 

One of the main areas of health that can improve from paddling is upper body strength. Everything from your forearms, biceps and shoulders down through your lats to your abs and the rest of your core contributes to pushing your watercraft forward.

Another area that can see improvement is your cardiovascular system. Studies have shown that those who paddle regularly increase the productivity of their heart, which allows it to pump blood throughout the body more efficiently. 

Canoeing and kayaking can also help you mentally. Exercising, especially outdoors, helps emit positive feelings through the release of endorphins. Also, accomplishing new goals, whether it be covering more area when you paddle or keeping up a higher work rate, can have positive effects on self esteem. 

You don’t have to be an Olympic-level paddler to enjoy the health benefits of these water sports. Get all the equipment you need for canoeing, kayaking and other boating and aquatic activities from eBay. Just don’t forget to put on some sunscreen and proper safety equipment!