November 21, 2023

Soak up the sun and embrace the freedom! Here are my top 3 outdoor activities to have fun, stay fit and master skills outdoors.

Glide across the ocean’s wave on your skimboard, feel your tires gripping pavement as you make a smooth corner on your motorcycle, or feel the pump as you hit the last set of your calisthenics workout. 

You too can make the most of your day and unlock new skills outdoors!

Key Takeaways

    • Skimboarding is about freedom, creativity and riding the waves! Get yourself the right sized board, some surf wax and a some good shore-break.

    • Thrill seekers and gear heads will love activities like motorcycling as part of their outdoor itinerary.

    • Calisthenics is a really fun way to build strength, coordination, fitness and discipline while outdoors! 

Skimboarding

EssiCrana skimboarding at Reduit beach in St. Lucia
EssiCrana riding a wave, shot by Arnold Photography

If you want to experience the thrill of gliding across the water’s surface, skimboarding is a fantastic choice. This exhilarating water sport allows you to skim along the shore, feeling the rush of the waves beneath your feet. Skimboarding can be enjoyed at a number of locations including beaches, rivers, lakes, and even skimboarding pools.

You have the freedom to seek out the best conditions with the cleanest shore break, such as your favourite beach, where you can fully immerse yourself in the experience.

To get started, all you need is a skimboard. Applying some surf wax to your bard for better grip, will help you ride the waves effortlessly. It’s important to protect your skin from the sun, so don’t forget to apply sunscreen before hitting the beach, or wear a rash-guard.

Traction pads are also useful for providing grip and stability on the board, ensuring you have maximum control as you glide along. And of course, staying hydrated during your sessions is crucial, so be sure to bring along a water bottle.

EssiCrana_Skimboarding_Reduit_Sunset
Reduit Beach, St. Lucia

In competitive skimboarding, the main objective is to achieve a high score and impress the judges with your best lines and tricks. Skimboarders execute difficult tricks to earn higher scores, showcasing their skill and creativity. With skimboarding, there are fewer rules compared to team sports, giving you the freedom to express yourself and push your limits.

 

Motorcycling

EssiCrana standing next to his CBR125

If you’re looking for an exhilarating way to explore the open road, motorcycling offers a sense of freedom and adventure like no other. With various types of motorcycles available, you can choose one that suits your riding style and preferences. Sport bikes are designed for speed and agility, while cruiser bikes offer a relaxed riding position and stylish design. Touring bikes are ideal for long-distance travel, providing comfort and storage options. Dual-sport bikes are versatile, allowing you to ride both on and off-road. And if you prefer simplicity and versatility, standard bikes are a great choice.

When it comes to safety, wearing the right gear is crucial. A helmet is essential for protecting your head, while a jacket provides protection from the elements and abrasion. Gloves improve grip and protect your hands, and sturdy boots offer ankle support and protection. Additionally, pants designed for abrasion resistance and leg protection are recommended.

Essicrana on his motorcycle with his full gear on.

To ensure your motorcycle stays in optimal condition, regular maintenance is essential. This includes changing the oil to keep the engine running smoothly, checking tire pressure and tread for optimal performance, lubricating and adjusting the chain, inspecting brake pads and fluid levels for safe stopping power, and monitoring battery health.

 

Calisthenics

If you’re looking for a versatile and effective way to improve your strength and fitness, calisthenics is the perfect choice. Here are four reasons why calisthenics should be your go-to workout:

  1. No equipment necessary: With calisthenics, you don’t need fancy gym equipment or expensive memberships. All you need is your body and some open space. This means you can do your workout anywhere, whether it’s in a park, on the beach, or even in your own backyard.
  2. Full-body workout: Calisthenics exercises target multiple muscle groups at once, giving you a complete full-body workout. From push-ups and pull-ups to squats and lunges, every movement engages multiple muscles, helping you build strength and tone your body

  3. Improves functional strength: Calisthenics movements mimic natural body movements, making them highly functional for everyday activities. Whether you’re lifting heavy objects, running, or playing sports, calisthenics will improve your overall strength and enhance your performance.

  4. Increases flexibility and mobility: Calisthenics requires a full range of motion, which helps improve your flexibility and mobility. By regularly practicing movements like lunges, planks, and bridges, you’ll increase your joint mobility and reduce the risk of injuries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good skimboard for beginners?

As a beginner starting from zero, you could start skimboarding on basically any skimboard in decent shape. If you think you like it enough to invest in a nice one, just make sure that it’s the right size for you.

Skimboards need to be about chest high when stood straight up in front of you on a flat surface. You can also check out the weight limits on the manufacturer’s website – these vary a lot from one manufacturer to another.

How do I get into calisthenics?

The basic movements of calisthenics are pushups, pull ups, dips, squats, raises and rows. Each of these core movements have many variations but in the beginning you can just focus on one variation for each.

Once you lock in those basic movements, then you can begin adding more structure to your workouts and practice new variations of each movement. It is wise to seek an expert who can show you how to safely get in shape using calisthenics.  

Conclusion

From the graceful dance of skimboarding to the exhilarating speeds of motorcycling and the rewarding burn of calisthenics, each outdoor activity under the sun becomes an adventure.

Soak in the vibrant colours of nature while riding your motorcycle through scenic paths, harness the ocean’s power with skimboarding, or explore your physical potential with a challenging calisthenics workout.

Embrace the outdoors, for it holds the key to a world brimming with life and limitless possibilities.

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