All week we’ve been sharing our love of camping and cottaging. The summer just doesn’t seem complete without a little bit of lakeside living, does it? This week we’re sharing our five favourite activities while at the lake.
As much fun as a cottage can be, we know that sometimes our eating and drinking habits can be a little lax. (How are we supposed to say no to smores?) And once in a while, it’s relaxing to just lay out in the sun (covered in susnscreen, of course!) without a care in the world. The number of things to do is seemingly endless: lawn games, campfires, spending the day floating, you name it.
That being said, we always do our best to mix in a few activities. This is to get our heart rates up, stay active and maintain that balance we strive for. We love having fun but we care about our health as well. Give one or two (or all) of these a try next time you’re by the lake. You won’t be disappointed!
Hiking: We love hiking! It’s such a great workout, particularly if the hike has changes in elevation or rough terrain. Plus, there is always so much to see. Particularly if you’re at a provincial or national park camping, we suggest checking out some of the hiking trails. They’re usually well maintained so that, while challenging, they don’t present too much risk of injury. Not only that, but they’re sure to lead you to some beautiful views you’d otherwise miss out on. It may seem like hard work but when you reach the final destination, we promise it will be worth it!
Cliff jumping: Cliff jumping is one of those things that you’d maybe not consider a workout, but trust us, it definitely can be! We’re big fans of spending time on the lake while at the cottage, and while out in the boat it’s hard to miss those big rock formations. Swimming from the boat, scaling a rock face – you’re sure to get your body moving leading up to the jump. And let’s not forget the way your heart gets racing when you take that big running jump. Cliff jumping is so much fun and such a rush! It’s sure to get your heart beating a little quicker, too.
Kayaking: Kayaking is such a good upper body workout, and it’s so much fun! Grab a friend or two and hit the lake. Your core and arms will thank you (or curse you) afterward. Our favourite time to kayak is at sunset or sunrise because the views over the lake are phenomenal, and we can avoid some of the mid-day boating traffic.
Paddleboarding/SUP Yoga: We’re among those who love paddleboarding and SUP Yoga. Paddleboarding is a great, low-impact whole body workout. You’re working your core and arms to move the board and relying on your legs and core to keep you balanced and upright. We love that it kind of brings that surfing and standing on water feeling to calm lakes where surfing isn’t a realistic option, and our bodies feel amazing afterward!
Bonus points for incorporating a yoga flow while you’re out on the lake. Yoga on a paddleboard is a serious workout because you have to be so much more mindful of your balance than you already are or you’ll be going for a swim. The challenge is super rewarding though, and we can’t get enough of it. Give it a try first thing in the morning when the lake is like glass, it’ll set you up to feel great all day.
Watersports: We decided to group water sports together because there are just too many to choose from. We love the arm workout we get from tubing through choppy waters trying to hold on (especially when there’s someone on a second tube trying to dismount us) and the leg workout waterskiing. Plus, there are activities like wakeboarding, knee boarding, and wake surfing. There’s something for just about everyone. Customize your experience by signalling to the spotter in the boat. (We think that option makes watersports so versatile!)
Share your favourite ways to stay active at the lake, we’d love to give your ideas a try!