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Summer Fitness in the Limestone City


Trying to find summer fitness options in Kingston can sometimes be overwhelming and to be honest expensive. But don't worry I've put together a list that will put the cool factor back into your workout routine because every small step in the right direction counts to better health. And let's be honest, it's tough to get your booty out the door to an unappealing and stuffy gym. So beat the heat and hit your workout hard with these summertime outdoor fitness options:

Early Morning Paddle

One of the great pleasures of living by the waterfront in our lovely city of Kingston is the benefit of proximity. Enjoy an early morning paddle session at Ahoy Rentals every Wednesday at 6h30am for an hour on the water to invigorate you before work. Take out a kayak or stand up paddleboard and explore Kingston's shoreline in the morning mist. Take in the views of history, the feel of the light breeze across the St. Lawrence River and the warmth of the rising sun - all before breakfast.

$15 drop in fee or $40/month pass for 4 mornings.

Where: 23 Ontario St, Kingston, ON

Reserve your spot now at www.ahoyrentals.com or email at andrew@ahoyrentals.com

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Outdoor Yoga

Strike a pose and try taking your practice outside. Kingston is fortunate to have a variety of studios which allows you to try different styles and offer outdoor drop-in sessions. If you can spot a trend by now, I love the waterfront and what better way than to unwind with yoga and the sound of waves.

1. Urban Om (Canceled for rest of summer)

Give your mat some loving grass stains at Douglas Fluhrer Park where Urban Om sets up shop five days a week from 6h30pm to 7h30pm. Classes are open-level meaning they are suitable for beginners as well!

By Donation. Available until September 9th.

Where: Douglas Fluhrer Park

Learn more at www.urban-om-yoga.com

2. Lululemon Kingston

Take time to soak in some sun, warm up your muscles and breathe in the summer fresh air on Kingston's beautiful waterfront. Start your Sunday morning with a free waterfront yoga session at 9h30am and then enjoy complimentary fruit by the lovely folks at Lululemon.

Where: Battery Park

Visit their Facebook Page for updates: www.facebook.com/lululemonKingston

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Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP)

Stand-up paddleboardinging is an amazing way to tone your whole body without feeling like you're exercising. Don't be fooled by how easy it looks. It requires the use of your entire body, with a major emphasis on core stability and control. It's a heck of a good time solo or with a group of friends.

1. Intro to SUP at Trailhead

This 90 minute clinic will introduce you to the balancing art of this new form of exercise. It is a great way to explore your favourite waters around the city. You will learn the fundamentals of efficient board movement, safety and maybe a party trick or two.

Monday Evenings: 4:00 & 6:00pm
No experience required, but an ability to swim is essential

Where: Locations vary.

For more information visit: www.trailheadkingston.ca

2. Why not incorporate some yoga in the mix? 

Join Ahoy Rentals and yoga/stand up paddleboard instructor Jonathan MacCaul from Sublime Fitness & Health to guide you through this new and exciting activity. The emphasis on breathing, balance and core engagement is a wonderful addition to the yoga and the SUP experience. The peacefulness of floating on the water combined with the meditative nature of yoga creates an overall blissful feeling that will surely have you coming back for more.

Where: 23 Ontario St, Kingston, ON

Reserve your spot now at www.ahoyrentals.com

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Rowing

Forget the machines at the gym and get out on the water! This fantastic low-impact form of cardio works your legs and core in a major way and what better way to make friends by team building! The Kingston Rowing Club is a fabulous club house with great coaches willing to help you learn if you're a beginner or improve your technique!

Where: 1 Cataraqui St, Kingston, ON

Learn more at www.kingstonrowingclub.com

Reserve your spot now at www.kingstonrowingclub.com/register

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Aquatic Golf

Not only is golf a fun way to stay fit, it can also help you gain endurance and reduces stress. Change up the scenery and hit up Kingston Expert Tees. This is more than just an ordinary driving range - challenge yourself and friends with a bit of friendly competition and work on your golf distance but also accuracy.

Where: 1165 Collins Bay Road Kingston, ON

Learn more at www.experttees.com

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Have any suggestions for other fitness spots in Kingston? Let me know!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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