Health Benefits of Paddling

Posted on August 3, 2020

by Greg Coulter

The Library is hosting a paddlers meetup on Stone Lake. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to join the fun!

Event Details

Park along Grangemouth Road in Soldier’s Memorial Park to join this Library in the Community event. This event is intended to be a place to enjoy a community space while socially distancing. It is not a class and no instruction will be given about how to kayak. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or paddleboard as none will be provided by the library. **Every paddler must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) while in the water at all times.

Paddling has a surprising number of health benefits. Specific health benefits include:
– Improved cardiovascular fitness
– Increased muscle strength, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders, and chest, from moving the paddle
– Increased torso and leg strength, as the strength to power a canoe or kayak comes mainly from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
Kayaking and canoeing can be peaceful and meditative or can be exhilarating – depending on where and how you do it.

This event is for any level of paddler, but library staff will not be giving instruction or teaching how to use the equipment. We will have information available on kayaking groups and safety.

This event is part of the Library’s Healthy You series. Did you know that 20% of questions at the Library’s Help Desk are related to health and wellness? Because libraries are partners in healthy communities, the La Porte County Public Library offers wellness classes and events that support increased health literacy.

Join us this summer for weekly walking groups and yoga classes as well as for a kayaking meetup in August. At Walk with a Doc, you will learn more about different health topics and then take a 20-minute walk with a local doctor or public health educator. The weekly yoga classes are geared towards adults of all ability levels. The kayaking event connects new and experienced kayakers to an easy and accessible form of exercise.

When you attend a health and wellness class this summer, not only will you enjoy excellent instruction and a community of support, but you will also receive a water bottle or beach ball, and you will be entered in a raffle to win a bike or kayak.

This series is made possible with support from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte.

Greg Coulter

Greg Coulter

Greg is Community Engagement Librarian, a seventh-generation Hoosier, a historian, former poutine cook, and a celebrated vampire hunter (have you seen any vampires around here? No! You’re welcome). They enjoy reading graphic novels, cooking, and traveling.
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