As the August long weekend quickly approaches, thousands of Canadians prep for three days of sunshine, “docktails”, sweaty fist pumping at the local EDM festival & a disgusting overindulgence in good ol’ Canadian bacon. Laziness is what defines long weekends. In fact one of my favourite things about the cottage is that you could be doing absolutely nothing & still feel like you’re doing something. The downside? You’ve put in months at the gym perfecting your beach bod, all to have it go to waste over a few days of excess. As my mother always says “A moment on the lips, forever on the hips” …I seriously hate that saying… Thankfully this past Monday, my aunt posted some nutritious health hints to help combat that extra holiday weight so I found it fitting that today’s post should be all about activities!
Being cooped up in a gym isn’t exactly a priority over the long weekend & with most people out of the city completely it can be near impossible to squeeze in some outdoor activities. The following is a list of cottage & summer friendly activities designed to make you aware of just how easy it can be to fit fitness into your holiday plans:
- Hiking: seeing as I’m headed to Machu Pichu this August, I’ve been doing a ton of hiking this summer & I LOVE it. Torontonians should head to Algonquin, the Scarborough Bluffs, or Tiffany Falls this long weekend with friends or loved ones & check out some awesome hiking trails (I don’t know about you, but my Insta feed has been blowing UP with pictures of the Hamilton Falls this summer & they are GORG).
“The Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto”
- Swimming: whether it’s a backyard pool or lake, swimming is an incredibly easy way for you to fit in some fitness this long weekend. I have my mom paddleboat beside me while I swim across the bay at my cottage.
- Biking: my boyfriend recently got me into biking & it’s now one of our favourite activities to do as a couple. We’ll bike along the Don Valley river to Cherry Beach or in local parks (awesome idea for a date!) Biking works your quads, glutes, & calves so it’s no wonder cyclists are notorious for having killer legs.
“Bike Rides to Cherry Beach, Toronto”
- Beach Volleyball: this one’s a fun activity to do with a bunch of friends, so if you’re heading to the Toronto beaches this long weekend think about getting a game going.
- Canoeing, Kayaking & Paddle boarding: a northern staple. There’s nothing like kayaking on a calm lake (which as you can tell from my Instagram page – I’m quite obsessed with).If you’re not at a cottage this long weekend, there are multiple canoe, kayak & paddle board rentals in the city including the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre.
- Waterskiing & Wakeboarding: I’ve been leisurely waterskiing for a few years (all thanks to one of my girlfriends who now happens to be Provincial Champ!) & this past weekend I finally got up on a wakeboard! I think everyone who waterskies would agree that the day after the first ski of the summer… is killer. Muscles I didn’t even know that I had were dying. Not to mention that they are so much FUN!
Well there ya have it! Long weekend proof activities that won’t put a wrench in either your social life or diet.