Got a tree? Then you’ve got a workout! Kick off those long weekend cottage (or backyard) mornings with this quick no-equipment cottage workout to energize you for a day of play…or a day on the dock taking “hot dogs or legs” photos. Your call.
Rest & relaxation is great. I mean, really great. I mean, I really, really need some rest & relaxation this weekend. But laying on your butt for a few days makes next week’s workouts SO much more intimidating.
And if you’ve got more than a few days off, you could be looking at some de-conditioning. Maybe a pound or two gained. Maybe a bit of cardiovascular capacity lost. Maybe just a bit of a “fluffy” feeling. After all, hot dogs & hard cider don’t tend to do much in the “nutrients” department.
PREVENT POST-COTTAGE SHELL SHOCK.
Hydrate. Not JUST beer. Also water. And lots of it. Have a bottle (again, water, not beer…) or glass going all day. If it’s sunny & hot, you’ll need even more. If you’re drinking alcohol, you’ll need even more. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need even more. Basically, stick a straw in the lake.
Move daily. We’ve got a fun, easy cottage workout below to share with your partner or girlfriends, or even to do with older kids! But a simple walk, game of catch, or jaunt in the kayak will also do a body good. Keep the muscles moving doing fun things that feel like a “vacation” but let you move your muscles. It’s easy to stiffen up if all you do is “recreate” (i.e., lie on a deck chair) all day.
Prep some fruit & veg. At the beginning of your weekend or week off, dice a million (literally, a million) veggies & fruits you and your family love. Have some dip, some hummus…whatever makes the veggies go down. Then, when you wander into the kitchen looking for a snack or need a quick side-dish, you’re more likely to grab nutrient-rich, hydrating fruits & veggies which will help to counteract the damage of sun + alcohol + junk foods.
Go to bed. A late night campfire is a Canadian long weekend tradition. For most nights, try to let your body match the rhythm of the sun when you’re camping or cottaging. It’s a rare treat to go to bed early for most mamas, especially with the soothing sounds of toads, waves on the lake, rain in the trees, and loons (by which we mean your ridiculous cottage neighbours or the emblematic bird…however you interpret). Rising with the sun and going to bed soon after it gets dark will help reset your hormones & allow you to feel rested and recharged when you return to regular city life, Netflix in bed, and alarm clocks.
NOW, GET SWEATY & FEEL GREAT.
Complete forty seconds of each exercise, resting twenty seconds after each before moving onto the next. If you can’t do forty seconds straight of an exercise, rest for a quick two seconds when needed and jump right back in to finish the forty seconds strong; you’ll build up your endurance the more you do this!
Rest sixty seconds and drink some water at the end of all five exercises, then complete a second set. Got more time? Go for a third set to really give it your all. Remember to follow it up with a stretch!