Rowing both on and off the water is a great way to develop your fitness or to stay physically active. Regular exercise, fun and companionship all contribute to your general well-being and good health.
'If I had one message for anyone who wants to make a change to his or her life it would be this: Rome wasn't built in a day. Every day you can do something to help you achieve your goals, and it will be the small steps that make the largest difference. Start slowly and go for it!' Antonia van Deventer - read more about her story below.
If you are taking up rowing it is important to tell your club or coach about any relevant health problems - you will find that the club can often make provisions to allow you to take part safely. Giving incorrect information could put you and others in danger - ask if you have any queries.
Some guidance on related health issues: