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  It'll take awhile
  Posted by: LeeG on Oct-01-12 9:51 AM (EST)
 

to learn how to relax while strengthening postural muscles AND increasing core flexibility. Stretch beforehand, get out and stretch before leg numbness or cramping develops. Besides learning a cowboy self-rescue here's a basic stretch you should be doing on the water until it becomes automatic. Sit upright in the kayak and twist your torso to the right so your left blade is pressed against the right side of the kayak. Hold that position for a few deep breathes then reverse and put your right blade on the left side. This will twist your gut considerably but once you're able to do it comfortably on the water you'll be able to do a basic sweep stroke reliably.

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