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Rowers are a great full-body workout. Rowing utilizes more than 85% of all the muscles in the body. The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends that healthy adults engage in moderate intensity exercise for 30minutes per day at least 5 days per week or a total of 150 minutes per week. Rowers could be utilized 3-4 times per week as part of a balanced fitness program. We also recommend incorporating some strength training and stretching if possible. 

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SHEBEBES, I think this is an interesting question that gets asked a lot. Not just specifically for the use of rowers, but regarding fitness in general. I recently heard an analogy that I liked, regarding fitness and seeing "results"...

What is the recommendation for brushing our teeth? At least two times a day, EVERY DAY, right? If we abide by that principle, when we go to the dentist every 6 months, what can/should we expect? Hopefully (with a little flossing mixed in here and there) zero cavities, zero root canals... relatively healthy teeth and gums. Now, what about the person who decides he doesn't want to brush his teeth every day, two times a day? What if he brushes his teeth really good, maybe for 10 minutes, two times a day for two or three weeks, then falls off the wagon and doesn't brush them again for another four months? Should he expect the same results when he goes to the dentist? Nope. He'll likely have some pretty gross teeth. 

Our muscles and our cardiovascular health can be viewed in that same light. Progress and the "results" that we want to see are going to come only with consistency. Consistency in our eating habits, consistency in our sleep habits, consistency in working out, and consistency with pushing our bodies further and further and harder and harder until one day you come across a picture of yourself 6 months ago or maybe 2 years ago and realize what consistency has done for your progress and results. There's no other way.

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