Summer Water Activities

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Have Fun This Summer And Burn Calories In The Water

Summer is here and going by fast.  Those living in the Northwest know warm weather is very temperamental and should be valued every day.  In honor of summer, this article’s goal is to highlight some water activities that will keep you active while enjoying the great outdoors.

Various Summer Water Activities

These water sports include kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, yoga paddleboarding and boating sports.  The well-rounded array of sports should encourage most people to get out and use our abundance of “great lakes” and rivers.  Just remember to be safe and know how to swim before setting off to your weekend adventure.

Kayaking Benefits

Kayaking is a great core, conditioning and upper body workout.  If purchasing a kayak is out of the budget, but still a desired summer activity, try searching kayak rentals.  Locally, The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation, has a large variety of outdoor activities, camps, courses and social gatherings to encourage one to utilize our surroundings and stay busy.  Zeroing in on the Kayaking and Canoeing section, one will find these outings range from $20 to $60 a person. There are different courses for all ages, some of which include a daily outing and dinner!  Camps are throughout the end of June through September.  However, don’t delay, there are limited spots available.

Paddleboarding Cardio

If you are ready to test your paddling and balance, try out paddleboarding.  This is a recent water trend that provides a similar upper body workout to that of canoeing or kayaking, but more core and balance specific.  As seen in the images, one stands on the oversized surfboard and paddles to wherever he desires, usually falling in when a motorboat goes by.  However, that should not discourage you.  It’s just another challenge for your core strength.  Stores like Sports Authority and Costco carry paddleboards.  Inflatable boards run around $500, but the actual carbon fiber boards range from $899 to $1,800.  Shops like Fun Unlimited have rental boards starting at $50 a day.  Once you have your board, paddle and life jacket, the choice of location is yours.  You’ll probably want to find calm waters to begin.

For an even more tranquil experience, try yoga paddleboarding.  The experience starts with a scenic paddleboard to a nearby bay as a warm-up.  Then, on top of the core and upper body workout, yoga performed on the paddleboard challenges participants with a relaxing stretch while maintaining balance.  Most programs start at 11:30 a.m. and run for an hour and a half.  Average cost is $35 per person for anyone eighteen years or older.  Groups or individuals must schedule at least 24 hours in advance.

Extreme Water Sports

The activities listed above are a great way to exercise on the water.  However, my favorite lake activity is wakeboarding.  It provides an exhilarating, fast-paced rush, putting one’s agility and overall strength to the test.  A typical run only lasts a few minutes.  You are continuously carving, cutting and launching yourself over the boat’s wake.  Usually by the end of wakeboarding, your body will feel completely taxed.  Generally, my whole body is completely exhausted.  To fully engage in wakeboarding, you need to get in shape before hitting the lake.

Whether being pulled on an inner tube, skis, or wakeboard, you need a boat.  Wave runners can tow a person, too.  However, to really enjoy these sports a boat provides the optimal tow and social opportunity.  Some lakes do have marinas with boat rentals.   Once this predicament is solved, load up the truck and trailer and roll out to your favorite lake.

Final Thought

Lake time provides the highlights of my entire summer.  I cherish every opportunity I get to spend time at any lake.  Just being around one of our beautiful lakes eases my mind.  Daydreaming about summer and all its endless possibilities encourages me through long winters.  Even if you cannot find the equipment to do some of the listed activities, swimming still makes for an enjoyable escape.  In addition, it’s one of the most beneficial forms of aerobic activity and easy on the joints.  Just keep moving in the cold water.

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About The Author

Coach Jessica

Jessica & Justin Rundle are Spokane natives and the founders of Workout Anywhere (a Northwest fitness training app for busy parents, by busy parents). In addition, the two are the official strength & conditioning coaches for Mt. Spokane High School. To Learn more about Jessica and Justin Rundle, click here: Meet Team RundleFit.

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