Cottage season is in full swing and I’m pretty thrilled! We all deserve a little rest and relaxation come summertime, and this year’s weather is proving perfect for swimming, hiking and boating, some of my personal favourite summer activities.
But with so many extra days spent up North, it’s hard to squeeze in those workouts. Maybe you’re cancelling a Friday session here or there, or you’re simply feeling sluggish from a lethargic long weekend. Whatever it is, there’s a solution. If you can’t make it to the gym or studio, make good use of the amenities you do have. You’ve got rocks and trees and water all around you — time to put them to work!
The first cottage workout I’m recommending is simple: a long walk or hike. Unstable surfaces like rocks, hills and crevices will keep you on your toes, forcing you to engage your core way more than running on pavement or walking on a treadmill.
If you want to kick it up a notch, pack a Theraband in your overnight bag. This little guy gives you at-home resistance and tons of exercise options. Last weekend, I went back home to Halifax for a quick break from the city. With my Theraband in tow, I was able to do targeted resistance workouts that kept my energy and spirits high!
Tick Tock Glutes With Band
Begin by standing with your feet hip distance apart. Step on your Theraband with both feet and grip the ends with knuckles facing forward. Maintaining resistance in the band, start rocking side-to-side in a tick tock motion.
Quadruped Waving Cat With Band
Begin on all fours, holding the Theraband between your palms. As you exhale, grip the end in your left hand and with a straight arm, begin to lift out and up. Allow your chest to follow your arm in this movement. The trick here is to keep your hips aligned, like a set of headlights, toward the mat. Inhale to release your left hand back toward the floor. Repeat on the other side.
Begin lying on your back with your knees bent and the Theraband underneath you. The band should be aligned with your spine. With both hands and bent arms, grip the end of the band by your head, making sure that there is some resistance. On your exhale, begin to curl up, peeling your upper back off the floor. Release back down as you inhale.