If you’re looking for an activity that combines cardio and strength conditioning with the beautiful and peaceful serenity of the outdoors, kayaking just might be the activity for you. A sport that is rapidly gaining in popularity throughout the country, kayaking is a fun, healthy and relatively safe pursuit that affords hours of water-based enjoyment. Although similar to canoeing, the sport is distinguished from the latter by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the single paddle—blades that help propel and steer the craft as it moves through the water.