Just curious about what other athletic/fitness stuff people are into and how does it relate to paddling.
I will start: I lift weights and do mobility work. Does a pretty good job at keeping the weight off (if you do it right), makes me less injury-prone and I recover quicker from other forms of physical activity. I generally find that in my middle age, my body needs to be worked pretty rigorously to stay in shape. I had put together a reasonable lifting home gym over the last couple of years and it’s working really well for me.
In terms of paddling, I really don’t know for sure since I started working out before. Flexibility certainly helps with back pain while paddling. Muscle discipline helps engage the correct muscles during strokes.