Last week, we went over a few different ways to get your work out this summer while also keeping cool…in the pool. But suppose the water source near you is a little more natural? Today, we’ve come up with a few ways you can utilize the body of water near you to get moving and have fun doing it!
On the Lake
Ahh, the lake. With their (usually) larger areas of calm water, lakes are perfect for many summertime workouts. If you’re comfortable enough in your swimming abilities, you can try out most of the pool workouts we mentioned last week, using a dock in place of the wall if needed.
Paddleboarding is another activity you can try that’s perfect for the lake. SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) classes are popping up at lakes all over the country and for good reason. The stance you take to keep balanced on the paddleboard engages the core and helps to strengthen the legs. Combined with the arm workout you get rowing, paddleboarding is a great full-body workout.
You can even take your yoga practice to the board! SUP yoga classes not only offer a great workout, they can also help you find the balance you may be struggling to find for those more advanced poses (like headstand) in your mat practice.
Up the River
As the song says, “You can’t step in the same river twice, the water’s always changing, always flowing.” Similarly, activities and workouts done in the river tend to involve constant moving.
Kayaking is another excellent boating-style workout, and many places with river access offer kayak rentals and classes for the public. While your legs are less engaged in a kayak than they are paddleboarding, you’re still engaging your core and getting an awesome arm workout.
You can also look into guided activities, like whitewater rafting and river hiking.
By the Sea
If you’re looking to get a workout in out in the ocean, you’ll want to get on board. A surfboard, paddleboard, skimboard, or boogie board, that is! Since the ocean’s waves make for rougher sailing, you’re putting in a lot more core effort to keep yourself balanced on your board.
If you’re not so sure about taking your workout off into the deep, you can still use the beach to your advantage. Walking or jogging on the sand offers more resistance than pavement. Practicing yoga on the beach has also been shown to help improve balance because of the resistance of the sand.
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Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.