Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular as both a leisurely activity and a fitness activity. This water-based sport has numerous fitness benefits, to be enjoyed in lakes or the sea. Kayakers use paddles to move through the water, often for long distances which builds anaerobic fitness, strengthens upper body muscles and improves cardiovascular endurance. Those who kayak for fitness may target specific muscle groups such as their core with techniques like short bursts of speed or power strokes, which helps to increase calorie burn. Regular kayaking also helps to improve balance, posture and coordination and can provide a low impact full body workout. Try now.