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.
Getting to the peak of this well-known park can qualify as a workout all on its own if you run or bike up to one of its many summits. It’s also the perfect spot to take in a birds-eye view of the Montreal skyline. Located in the city’s Plateau area, the park has tons of green space to lay down your mat or catch your breath.
This compact spot of greenery is the definition of urban greenspace. While it might not be the most expansive park, it gains bonus points for the convenience of being located within Montreal’s central and trendy Mile End and Outremont neighbourhoods. The park is relatively quiet and an ideal place to explore your yoga practice, lift some weights, or sit and meditate. Plus, once you’ve gotten your sweat on, you can treat yourself to a Montreal-style bagel at one of the many surrounding bakeries.
Clock Tower Beach
You may momentarily mistake the white sand and bright blue parasols of this Old Port beach for a tropical location. Suffice to say, this urban beach is a little slice of paradise and a stunning spot to squeeze in some exercise. Invite a workout buddy (keeping a safe distance, of course) and take in the sunshine while you do a few push-ups!
This enormous park, located in Montreal’s south-west borough, is the epitome of having space to sprawl out. So, go ahead and stretch out all your limbs without fear that you’ll bump into a piece of furniture or knock something over. The park also contains thousands of trees, ponds, and walking paths that will make you feel like you’re experiencing the space anew each time you visit.
When this park isn’t hosting epic festivals, like Osheaga, it’s a beautiful spot to take in Montreal’s natural beauty. The park spans two islands and is separated from mainland Montreal by the St. Lawrence River. The adventurous nature of this park is suitable for getting creative with your workout by bringing out your paddleboard, kayak, bike, or rollerblades.
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.