Zoe Gullen |

‘The busier I am the more important it is to make time for something I love’

Rowing is a great sport for all ages – and a strategic approach to good health will mean older rowers can continue to enjoy the sport. Zoe Gullen finds out more

Combining cardiovascular fitness and strength work, rowing is a full-body, low-impact exercise, and brings far-reaching benefits that very few other sports can match.

Rosie Mayglothling, British Rowing’s former Director of Pathway Development, says: “Rowing is one of the few sitting-down sports, so there is not the pounding you get in sports involving running. This is why it’s also good for older people, and you can keep rowing into your nineties.”

But it can also be demanding, so it’s vital to keep on top of health and wellbeing.

As Rosie says: “As you get older, you need to take more care of your body. Core and stretching become a necessity, and taking longer between training sessions for recovery, as well as stopping if you get an injury and illness and not just carrying on.”

A conscious, strategic approach to good health will mean masters can continue to enjoy rowing, and achieve their aims, for many years to come.


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