We’ve all been looking for innovative ways to workout recently that don’t involve hitting up our usual gyms, yoga studios, and spin classes that have been on hiatus.
But if you’ve done enough indoor YouTube yoga workouts to last a lifetime, it’s time to venture outside for your daily fix of exercise. And when better to soak in the natural beauty our city has to offer than this time of year?
We’ve teamed up with Hydrator to find the best spots around town where you can set down your yoga mat or dumbbells.
Ever since the pandemic hit, the Vancouver-based healthy sports drink company has been encouraging people to be as creative as possible in their exercise routines. In its campaign as the unofficial hydrator of physically-distanced workouts, Hydrator been supporting exercisers across the city, whether they’re doing squats holding their pup or joining a backyard bootcamp.
Plot a course to any of these five stunning outdoor spots where you can get your sweat on.
One of the wonderful things about doing a workout outdoors is that you can choose a new location each time you leave your place. Scotsman’s Hill, located off Salisbury Street Southeast, is easy to get to, and it offers some of the most incredible views of Calgary’s skyline. Lay down your yoga mat on the grass and stretch while you look out at the beautiful city you call home.
Nose Hill Park
As the fourth-largest urban park in Canada, Nose Hill Park has ample grassy areas where you can practise planking, sit-ups, lunges, or burpees (if you’re ready to take those on). Take a hike up the hill and admire the grasslands along the way. When you reach the top, prepare to work up a sweat with vistas of the Bow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains before you.
Another outdoor haven for your morning or evening run is Edworthy Park. Located along the south shore of the Bow River, the destination is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike due to its vast natural areas, including Lawrey Gardens and the beautiful Douglas Fir Trail. Don’t worry if you forget your yoga mat — you’ll find everything from stretch stations, to pull-up bars, and twisters within the park (please use responsibly).
North Glenmore Park
Covering over 84 hectares, North Glenmore Park at Crowchild Trail Southwest is an idyllic place for a workout session. Explore the park’s scenic pathways, play a game of tennis on the court, and end the evening with some self-led yoga as you look out on the surrounding landscape. When you start to exercise at North Glenmore, chances are you’ll never want to return to home workouts ever again.
When the sun is shining in Calgary, Bowness Park is the perfect place to soak it up while you get a workout in. Its location on the Bow River means there’s no shortage of lush grasslands and tranquil waters to admire. If you’re hoping to maximize your workout, cycle to the park, do some energizing stretches, and unwind with a picnic consisting of healthy snacks afterwards. Pro tip: asking a friend to join you at a safe distance offers that little bit of added motivation.
You’re probably going to get pretty thirsty working outside in the summertime — as opposed to your climate-controlled living room.
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Hydrator is designed (as the name suggests) to help you hydrate while working out. The replenishing drink is made with real fruit juice and no artificial ingredients.
It’s the only sports drink created by a naturopathic doctor and it contains a more complete electrolyte formula with three times more electrolytes and 30% less sugar than most sports drinks on the market.