Surfing and SUPing
Learning to surf is no easy feat. You’ll fall down and get up again, then fall again and…you get the point. Your muscles may be sore, but you’ll wake up the next day excited and ready to ride the waves again. Plus, let’s face it – it looks really cool.
Surf Sister Surf School in beautiful Tofino, B.C. offers weekend surf clinics, weeklong surf camps and even a yoga and surf camp (your muscles will need the stretch!).
If it’s a tropical surf experience you’re looking for, what better place to learn than Hawaii? Kauai Surf School offers lessons, clinics and camps for different ages and abilities – all on a stunning garden island paradise.
If surfing seems too daunting, how about stand-up paddle boarding? There’s no better way to score some seriously strong abs, and you can do it on any body of water (no waves required!) Try SupGirlz in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood (yoga on a paddleboard, anyone?).
If you think you feel Zen after your weekly yoga class, just wait until you hit the beach, mountains or forest for a week of downward dogs, healthy meals and fresh air.
Northern Edge Algonquin, an eco retreat centre on the edge of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, is a rejuvenating escape less than three hours from Toronto. Not only will you get a big dose of fresh air, you’ll also get to stay in an adorable private “glamping” cabin and eat pizza from a wood-fired oven in the forest. Retreats offered include a stand-up paddling & yoga package, yoga for bigger bodies, as well as canoeing escapes. They even have winter yoga packages for a peaceful retreat in the snow.
Want a more exotic escape?
Anamaya Resort is Costa Rica is the place to get seriously centred. Located in a rainforest overlooking the ocean, the resort is a tropical beach paradise where wellness is the focus. You’ll return home feeling healthier, calmer and radiant, thanks to the organic meals, relaxing spa services and of course, all that bending and twisting.
If Canada’s unspoiled nature and a full-body workout are what you’re after, the best way to achieve it is by foot.
With Nature in Focus Hiking Company in Banff, Alberta, you can get off the beaten path with experts to guide you through. Not only do they offer some stunning tour suggestions in Banff National Park, Yoho and Kootenay, they also create personalized tours based on your fitness level and the sights you want to see. That means no throngs of tourists blocking your beautiful views. Bonus: They also offer snowshoeing treks.
Looking to take a trip across the pond for some serious workouts and Welsh mountain views? Snowdonia, Wales is a hub for climbing and trekking. With Run Snowdonia, no matter your ability, they have adventures and training weekends that challenge you to become a better climber and runner. You’ll tackle different types of terrain, view some beautiful vistas and even learn to plan your own routes. Oh, and you’ll come home feeling extremely fit. Just make sure you’re prepared for a real workout!