August 07, 2014 Healthy Living

One If By Kayak

Nothing beats the summer heat like a day spent kayaking on one of the many lakes, creeks, and rivers that surround and span the Capital Region. It’s an activity that can easily be enjoyed solo or with a group and you need not travel far.

Fitness Benefits
As one can imagine, kayaking provides a fantastic upper-body and aerobic workout, leading to increased endurance, improved heart health, and lower blood pressure, among other benefits. Moreover, kayaking can do your brain a world of good, as it triggers the release of chemicals that can quickly improve your mood and help you relax. As with any new activity or exercise routine, please check with your doctor first before strapping your vessel to your car and heading to the nearest water source.

The following are just a few local vendors that rent and sell kayaks. To find a retailer in your area, entering “kayaking” into your favorite search engine should yield some results.

Where to Go
When it comes to water, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by it. Here are a few options:

For even more ideas on kayaking locales, visit and



Suzanne Huwe
About the Author

Suzanne is senior editor for the corporate communications department at CDPHP. Prior, she worked as a national campaign coordinator at the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC, and as a copy editor and special sections editor at The Tampa Tribune. Suzanne earned a bachelor’s in economics from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s in multimedia journalism from American University. When she’s not fine-tuning others’ writing and her own, Suzanne enjoys running, traveling, scuba diving, and hanging out with her dogs and husband.

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