Turn a family weekend on the lake into a wellness retreat! There’s nothing like waking up to ta sunrise over still water. That’s why you have to grab those few precious moments of quiet, untouched nature while it lasts. Make the most of a long weekend by reveling in what the great outdoors has to offer from dawn to dusk.
Fun fitness — The greatest part of being on a lake is the accessibility you have to a variety of activities. Typically, there are nature trails that circle the lake. And, of course, the water is calm enough for just about any water sport — from something as soothing as a morning kayak to an afternoon of high-energy water skiing.
Morning wake-up workouts:
- Casual swimming
- Stand-up paddle boarding
- Yoga on the dock
- Nature walking
High-intensity water sports:
- Water skiing
- Swimming races
- Trail running
Excellent eats — At the end of an active day, gather the family around for a meal that will satisfy exhausted bodies. Aim to keep your dinner healthy with a few easy ingredient swaps.
- Instead of eating fat-laden pork barbecue, marinate chicken breasts with low-carb BBQ sauce. For sides, grill fresh veggies and corn on the cob. And, I can’t have BBQ without coleslaw, but I lighten up the traditional recipe by using low-fat dressing instead of mayonnaise.
- Drink a tall glass of refreshing lemonade — just keep it homemade. Squeeze the juice of fresh lemons and mix with water, ice and stevia (no white sugar needed). It takes a little more elbow grease, but your waistline will thank you later.
- Indulge in a “super” dessert that’s not only delicious but actually nutritious, to boot! Because everyone loves melt-in-your-mouth s’mores, grab a bag of fat-free marshmallows, graham crackers and coconut-flavored cacao bars. The chocolate bars are jam-packed with antioxidants and other good-for-you ingredients, plus they’re made with 66% cacao. I’ll roast to that!
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