With the sun shining and the heat in the air, it is time to say goodbye to the ol’ gym routine and welcome fun and exciting summer activities into your life. Of course, hitting the gym is always a reliable way to stay active, but the most effective way to maintain an active lifestyle is to make it fun. When you make exercise fun, it transforms from a chore into mindless play.
Lucky for you, living in Toronto offers you a broad range of options that allow one to stay fit. Independent of your age or fitness level, choose from some of the latest and greatest ways to stay active in Toronto this summer…
Paddle it Out
There is nothing like being out on the water on a hot summer day, is there? Whether you enjoy kayaking, canoeing, or paddle-boarding, The Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre has it all. If you are looking for a full-day fitness challenge, make Toronto island your paddling destination and discover all that the island has to offer. Heck, why not meet some new paddling buddies at the Kayak/SUP Evening Social Paddle & BBQ happening every Thursday and Friday?
The City Chase – Canada’s Largest Urban Adventure Race
If scavenger hunts are your thing, then the Goodlife Fitness City Chase happening on August 20th is for you! In teams of two, the objective is to find the location of hidden “ChasePoints” throughout the city using the clues that are given to you. Once you have claimed victory, get ready to mingle at the event’s after-party!
Go for a swim
Swimming is one of the most effective total body workouts around, especially when it is blistering hot outside. Fortunately, Toronto offers a number of free/low-cost indoor and outdoor pools that provide a range of services such as fitness classes, swimming lessons, and leisure swim. Find the pool that suits your needs here.
Nature Walk, Cycle, & Hike
When is the last time that you explored the natural beauty of your own city? If you aren’t familiar with the fantastic trails that surround the downtown core, then you have a beautiful journey ahead of you! Grab a bike, or strap on your hiking shoes and choose your route for the day. Be sure not to miss the unique urban wilderness of Leslie Street Spit, as its wildflower meadows, cottonwood forests, cobble beaches, and sand dunes make up the most beautiful sites of the GTA.
Get your jump on
Voted the number one “out of the box” workout, Sky Zone offers people of all ages the chance to fly, flip, and laugh their way through one of the sweatiest workouts of their lives. Equipped with foam pits, ultimate dodge ball courts and basketball nets, it may be the most fun hour of your adulthood. Burning up to 1,000 calories an hour, don’t miss out on the low-impact, dynamic SkyRobics fitness classes. Check out all that they have to offer here.
Join a sports team!
Sports are a fantastic way to stay fit and social all at once. Get a crew together to play your favourite sport or simply join a league. Whether you have your own team or you’re riding solo, check out The Toronto Sport and Social Club (TSSC) to find the leagues, tournaments and team-based Urban Adventures that are perfect for you.
However you stay active this summer, make it fun and rewarding by trying new things and unleashing your inner child. Include your best buddies, your family and explore the options in your city.
On your path to fitness success, remember to have fun and enjoy the journey!