We wouldn't do a workout without a warmup first, right? We know that's a recipe for injury, and is easily preventable by spending a few minutes building up heat in the body and increasing blood-flow to the joints & muscles.
I wonder, why is it so accepted to jump right into our outdoor recreation without a warmup?
In the end, this one is a rhetorical question.The real answer here is that we'd all be better served if we DID warm up our bodies before starting into our outdoor recreation ventures.
This is particularly important for packrafters & other whitewater paddlers, since so often a whitewater run begins with the most technical part. We need our bodies to be ready for whatever comes our way, which could necessitate a snappy paddle stroke, a strong brace with the core, or a quick recovery from a line that didn't go as planned.
Even if you're just paddling flat water, or maybe you're not a paddler at all, this is relevant...