While we’re patiently waiting for summer, why not start enjoying the fresh spring air and continue with that New Year’s resolution of staying fit in 2015? Here are some ideas that get me to exercise outside.
The right jacket, base layer and tights will make all the difference between loving the outdoors and never attempting it again. My top picks are:
Jacket: Canada Goose Trenton Jacket (men and women): a functional, light and perfectly fitting shell that’s great for Canadian spring and fall seasons. This jacket can handle the rain, wind or a little snow. The ultimate Canadian outdoor wear retailer has expanded beyond the goose down jackets they became famous for, and they’re doing a great job.
Pants: Salomon Elevate ¾ tights (women) or Agile tights (men): for those looking to run outside or to get to and from the gym, these exceptionally functional and soft tights will become your go-to’s.
Base Layer: Having a base layer to put under your pants or a long sleeve will make your late afternoon walk a lot more enjoyable. Mountain Equipment Co-op, PhD and Icebreaker have many options that’ll wick and keep moisture away from your body, keeping you comfortable and warm.
Nothing gets me more excited and motivated to get outside than a new pair of shoes. My top picks:
Cross Training: New Balance this year have improved many of their training and running shoes. I’ve been living in the WX711 cross trainers that feel like clouds on your feet which allow me to stay on them for that much longer.
Hiking & Trail Running: Salomon Speedcross is ideal to get dirty outdoors. They have an aggressive sole, are comfortable, light and oh so comfortable for those off road hikes and trail runs. They also stand out from the crowd so you’ll be sure to notice them in your closet, while they scream, “I want to go outside!”
Walking: New Balance Custom 574 are lightweight, supportive, flexible and styling for a walk to the office, grocery store, or just to get you out to get some fresh air.
The right surroundings along with appropriate attire is all you need to make you want to get out there. I absolutely love Toronto’s parks and the interconnected trail system. We have 1,600 public parks and 600km (that’s a lot) of trails! Our parks cover close to 13% of Toronto’s area. I challenge you to visit all of these this spring!
- Edwards Gardens: Toronto’s botanical gardens are ideal for a beautiful stroll.
- Sunnybrook Park: biking, running, hiking, Sunny brook stables and if you have a dog, one of the best dog parks in the city (personal biased opinion).
- Trinity Bellwoods Park: for the downtown dweller, go for a stroll, do some pushups off a bench, squats, and stretches, or bring a yoga mat and do some yoga outside. It’s also great to just go for a brisk walk or jog.
- High Park: probably the best known park in Toronto, but I find that even people who live close by don’t explore it nearly often enough. With so many hiking trails, running and biking paths, and sports facilities, I’d advise going once a week!
- Evergreen Brick Works: continues to get better with time and is ideal if you have human and animal kids, with plenty of attractions and a great coffee shop for a break.
Lead photo by Christoffer Sjostrom