Paddling Health Benefits

Everyone knows exercise is good for the mind, body and soul. But, did you know it is recommended that breast cancer survivors engage in repetitive, upper body exercises to increase flexibility, aerobic capacity and strength? Many years ago, breast cancer survivors were told to restrict activities of the upper body to avoid the potential problems of lymphedema (a chronic and difficult-to-treat swelling of the limbs). But research has now proved otherwise. Paddling is a great exercise for anyone and particularly breast cancer survivors because it uses repetitive upper body movements.

Besides that, paddling tones muscles in the upper body including your back, chest, stomach, and arms. Additionally, your lower body will benefit as well. Like low impact walking, even at a speed, you are going to tone up almost every muscle in your body which results in you looking and feeling better!

At classes and paddling sessions, you’ll meet strangers, with only a disease in common, who may become some of your most treasured friends. You’ll be undertaking strenuous exercise and having fun despite being physically challenged. At races, you will be challenged to be perfectly synchronized with your teammates. You will be amazed at your inner strength, energized and empowered!