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Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby UnderWindPower » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:50 am

Has anyone worn a heart-rate monitor?
Can I console myself that a 2 hour freeride in the waves is decent exercise for the day?
I feel pretty beat afterwards, but do I still need to go running or something?

While I understand that different fitness levels and ages and style will give different results... I'm still generally curious as to whether I'm getting my daily exercise requirements, as per cardio. I hate regimented, 'regular' exercise routines like swimming laps, or running miles. Opinions anyone?

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby Westozzy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:14 am

Do a number of powered moves one after the other and see how your heart rate goes... :D

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby Toby » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:40 am

I think it is an amazing workout...I call it the best gym in the world!

But it is not like running.

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby matth » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:20 pm

Download Myfitnesspal App to tablet or phone. It has kitesurfing in its built in data base.
180 minutes of kite surfing = 1300 calores....thats exercise..

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby Tiago1973 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:10 pm

i´m a heavy smoker and in a swimming pool and i´m dead in 2 laps

however i can ride for hours, guess adrenaline helps a bit. but there is zero aerobic, otherwise i would be in a different sport

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby Westozzy » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:16 pm

Read above :D depends on how aggressive you ride. Sure kiting in general move more into the anaerobic range of exercise but unhook for a while and really crank it up, or rig yourself up to a big kite in some big winds, or fly and follow real fast in waves, you can get out of breath pretty quick.

Which leads to some hectic crashes and some long swims...burn some calories there...lol
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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby pj sofine » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:16 pm

Its either exercise or torture! I went out for my 1st session this season and I'm so sore I feel like I got beat up.Can't even cough without abs and ribs hurting, arms ,legs,neck all sore as if I hit gym for 1st time.

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby marlboroughman » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:37 pm

Not only exercise but the best way to loose fat especially in cold weather. When your body temperature drops your body receives the signal that is in danger of hypothermia and switches from burning curbs to burning fat immediately. Immersing yourself in cold water burns fat even without exercise. The beauty of our sport is that we do it while having tons of fun.

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby Pippi langsamer » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:44 pm

Don't forget the pUmPiNg....!!!

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Re: Is Kitesurfing considered exercise?

Postby plummet » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:16 pm

Yes its good!. Its more muscular than aerobic. For me mountain biking certainly gives a harder aerobic workout.

To be honest they complement each other. The mountain biking keeps the legs/upper body strong and the aerobic fitness up. the kiting keeps the core/legs strong.

If you running/swimming/kiting then you have a nice balanced system going on.

PS Eppo is right. You can be as hard core or mild as you like.


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