Cottage Season Has Arrived

Doug Parks
May 23, 2018

Eating healthy at the cottage is always a challenge. We are often entertaining family and friends and food is usually the main focus when you’re up there. The trick is to try to change your focus away from food and centre your attention on other things, preferably exercising and outdoor activities or healthy eating.

Being up North at the cottage gives you ample opportunity to be outdoors and get in touch with nature. Strap on your running shoes and go for a hike on one of the many trails up there. You’ll break a sweat, burn calories and discover many beautiful things along the way. Hiking strengthens your leg muscles, builds core muscles and also gets your heart pumping, which is great for your cardio. You’ll be surprised at how awesome hiking can be.

A great little trick that I use at the cottage is to spend about a half hour chopping up some healthy fruit and veggies and putting them into Tupperware containers in the fridge. When everyone is snacking on chips, candy and wine, crack open those containers and indulge in your healthy snacks. If your fruit and veggies are already cut up and ready to eat, you won’t be as tempted to eat something bad for you out of pure convenience.

If the weather is nice and warm, spend the day out on the lake. Whether it’s swimming, canoeing or just splashing around with your kids, these are all activities that will keep you busy and away from the fridge. The trick to staying on track at the cottage is to keep yourself busy, preferably by engaging in some sort of physical activity. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have up there without eating junk food and how fast the days go by at the cottage.

Cottage season is usually the time to unwind, relax and catch up with friends and family (often over lengthy unhealthy meals). Don’t let the idea of being unhealthy scare you off from spending time at your cottage. If you stick to your plan and follow these useful tips you will have no problem staying on track and continuing on your path to success.

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