The age of COVID has brought an increased awareness of the importance of outdoor activity. Outdoor excursions are important for keeping us grounded and healthy, but many people aren’t sure how to connect with nature.
Luckily, lakes both large and small are welcoming places, and there are endless possibilities to enjoy them. Don your lifejacket and set sail with these exciting lake activities worth getting out for.
Windsurfing and Paddle Boarding
Windsurfing and paddle boarding aren’t just ocean-based activities. You can do them at the lake, too! For those extra-windy days, a windsurfing board offers an intense, lively battle with the crisp lake breeze. Windsurfing is a strenuous, high-energy sport for those who want to tire themselves out in the best way.
If you’re more of a lower energy slow-workout type, inflatable paddle boards may be more your style of exercise. All you need to do is stand and paddle, taking in the sun, the air, and the beauty around you. Paddle boarding is a great workout to help strengthen your core muscles. It also helps you improve your balance.
Water Skiing and Tubing
You don’t have to be an expert in water sports to water ski or go tubing. If you have a friend with a motor boat, you can always break out the skis and skim along behind. This is perfect for the thrill-seeker and those days when you want to get some energy out. Feeling the rush of the wind in your hair can be invigorating!
For a less strenuous and more fun-focused exercise, you can always attach an inner tube instead. Nothing will have you yearning for more like an exhilarating tube ride on a beautiful day at the lake. Want an even more relaxed vibe? Just float around the lake without being tethered to a boat and see where the wind takes you.
Motor Boating and Jet Skiing
With access to a motor boat, you can ride as far as you want without exercise of any kind. This way, you can spend your time admiring your surroundings instead of exerting yourself. Explore the lake shoreline and hidden coves you may not have found otherwise.
Jet skis are smaller but also provide that freedom – they are to motor boats as motorcycles are to cars. Try whatever water vehicle you can; you might find that renting one of these is preferable to human-powered equipment.
Fishing and Frogging
Some times in our lives require a more restful weekend activity. If this is the case for you, consider fishing or frogging! All you need to fish is a rod and some bait. You can settle anywhere you want on the shore, a dock, or on a boat.
Frogging requires just your eyes and a net as you search for the little amphibious critters. Seeking these animals (and releasing them afterward) provides something to occupy your mind if you have trouble relaxing otherwise.
Row Boating, Canoeing, or Kayaking
Taking a human-powered boat out on the water is another way to ensure a peaceful outing for yourself. Row boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are often the most popular, common, and affordable choices for this very reason.