Make like Pocahontas and explore those river bends. Getting out on the water in a kayak or surf ski is a great way to relax while regaining focus, says Marie-louise Kellett, co-founder of adventure travel agency Gravity Adventures. But do it right: the power should come from engaging your core. If you’re feeling too sore in your biceps and shoulders, they’re taking too much strain. Risking the rapids? That’ll fire up your quads: “You’ll be bracing with your legs and using your hips and torso to shift the boat in the water,” according to Kellett.
YOUR MOVE: Get the technique right for a killer core workout, guaranteed!
1. Put one foot against the side of the boat. Twist your body in the opposite direction of the paddle, keeping the paddle underwater. 2. Drive the paddle down and back, then drive through to bring it back to the start.
Use your abs to bring the paddle back and sweep it to the other side 2 PRACTISE ON LAND: First, set the resistance on a rowing machine to high. As you row, twist the handle to one side then the other, always keeping the top arm straight.
Upper arm above your head Lower arm fully extended
Drop shoulder slightly
Move hips forward to lean in and create a deep scoop of water 1