Invest in your health
I believe that paddling is in general a good investment to your health. But, what about extreme forms of paddling including long distance marathon races like Texas Water Safari, WaterTribe challenges or Missouri River 340?
Endurance events or even any training longer than 90 minutes are not exactly healthy. However, if your annual endurance race keeps you motivated, training, and in shape for the entire year I believe that the health balance is positive. Nevertheless, during recent years I am more focused on a healthy lifestyle, cross training and recovery methods than endurance training.
If you are a marathon paddler and racer I would really recommend to explore books by Ben Greenfield, especially, Beyond Training – Mastering Endurance, Health and Life
The above picture is from the Fitness Concepts gallery in my stock photography portfolio. This and similar motivational pictures are available for digital download and licensing as royalty free images. Some of my paddling and fitness pictures can also be ordered as fine art prints, posters and cards.