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Health Benefits of Kayaking: calories burned & muscles used

You don’t have to waste any of your precious vacation time inside a gym to make room for that extra piña colada on the beach. Get out on the water and try kayaking for your aerobic exercise fix, so you can scorch calories while enjoying your island-getaway the right way. Here are the health benefits of kayaking, including calories burned and muscles used.
Calories Burned: You can burn over 100 calories an hour kayaking! According to the American Council on Exercise, a 125-lb. person burns 283 calories per hour of kayaking while a 150-lb. person burns 340, a 175-lb. person burns 397 calories and a 200-lb. person burns 454 calories. Higher body weight requires increased energy expenditure for activity. Check out My Fitness Pal’s calculator to find out how many calories you can burn while kayaking.
Muscles Used: Your upper body isn’t the only muscle group getting a workout from paddling your kayak. Aside from your arms and shoulders, your lower back, core and even leg muscles are all used while kayaking. If you’re not used to working out these muscles groups, don’t be surprised if you’re sore the next day! Click here for a list of specific muscles your body uses while kayaking.
Health Benefits: The continuous paddling and movements you make while kayaking raises your heart rate and benefits your cardiovascular health.  Squeezing your core while making the motion to paddle side to side strengthens your upper and lower abdominal muscles and lower back. In order to turn your kayak from your seated position, you must squeeze and use your leg muscles. This acts as an isometric exercise targeting your lower body.
Read more about the health benefits of kayaking here.
In Key West, Sunset Watersports offers not only kayaking, but sailing, windsurfing, paddleboarding and more. If you’re interested in getting your aerobic exercise on, make sure you check out Sunset Watersports Smathers Beach all day beach pass for unlimited watersport activities (parasailing included). For more information go here.

Sunset Watersport – Key West’s Premier Activities, Attractions and Watersports Company
Key West Bight * Smathers Beach * Parrot Key Resort * Hurricane Hole Marina
Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2554

Key West Beaches

Key West is a beautiful little island, but you may be surprised to find out it isn’t surrounded by miles of open beaches. In fact, many visitors actually have to look for the beach if they aren’t staying at a resort. Sunset Watersports has come up with a list of Key West beaches that we think you’d enjoy!


Smathers Beach

This half-mile stretch of beach along South Roosevelt Boulevard is Key West’s largest and a spring break favorite. Sunset Watersports offers an “all day beach pass” at this location, which includes hobie cat sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing and more! You can check it out here.  

Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
This beach surrounds Key West’s 54 acre state park. You can snorkel right off the beach, lie out, and fish. There are picnic tables and grills for cooking out and a little cafe if you’d rather order some grub. Stick around and you’ll have the most incredible view of sunset on the island. For location, hours and other info visit here

South Beach

This small beach is located at the end of Duval Street near the Southernmost Point. There are umbrellas and chairs available to rent and pier to stroll along. The Southernmost Cafe is located on this beach, which is one of the most delicious restaurants in town.

Higgs Beach
This beach is known for its long wooden pier that visitors use for snorkeling, swimming and lying out. There’s also a beach volleyball court, picnic tables and watersport rentals available. If you get hungry, Salute serves up delicious Key West bites.
Simonton Street Beach
This tiny beach is more of a local’s spot. At the end of Simonton Street and Duval, it’s the perfect place to dip your toes in the water and watch boats go in and out of the Key West channel. Umbrellas and chairs are available provided by Lagerheads Beach Bar.  
Bahia Honda State Park
If transportation is not an issue and you’re willing to take a drive off the island, Bahia Honda State Park has a beach you shouldn’t miss. Right near the historic bridge at mile marker 37, this quiet 500 acre park offers snorkeling, fishing, camping, kayaking and more. For directions, hours and fees visit
Did we leave any beaches out that you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comment section below!


Sunset Watersport – Key West’s Premier Activities, Attractions and Watersports Company
Key West Bight * Smathers Beach * Parrot Key Resort * Hurricane Hole Marina
Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2554