Different types of exercises appeal to different people. If you don’t like the strain of high-impact exercises such as running or weight-lifting, don’t worry—there is an exercise that is low-impact but highly effective, and that is rowing. Just how effective is it? Well, rowing burns twice the amount of calories lost in spinning. That’s righty—you can burn up to 800 calories in an hour of rowing. And no, you don’t have to do it in the water because you can row at home with the use of a rowing machine. The latest rowing machines mimic the resistance of real-life water, plus it they are adjustable to suit the level of of the user, from beginner to moderate.

Rowing exercises almost all major muscle groups. It also works out the cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory and immune system.  This is because the resistance from a cardio rowing machine comes from both directions, just like rowing in water does. Best of all, almost anyone can safely use a rowing machine since it is easy on the joints such as the knees, ankles, elbows, and hips. Rowing also increases endurance and lowers the risk of injury by increasing strength in all the major muscles. While it seems like mostly an upper body workout, rowing actually targets the lower body (the legs and the core) just as much as it targets the arms and shoulders.

If you are exercising to burn fat, then there is no better work out than rowing. It burns more calories than most workouts, and with a rowing machine, you do not even have to leave your house. As long as you have the proper form and make use of the machine safely and correctly, then you can burn serious calories in the comfort and privacy of your home.