Ski season may be over, but that is not going to stop us from living our healthy lifestyle in the great outdoors while taking full advantage of some of Switzerland's most iconic mountains, lakes and pastures. Girlfriend Guide's top 5 ways to spend your summer fitness outdoors:
On two Wheels: Downhill Mountain Biking
Why we Love It: The sport of Downhill Mountain Biking is growing in popularity (aka exploded in the last two years!) and Girlfriend Guide caught up with Paul Hilliard from Newly Swissed, a true expert in the sport, to get the inside scoop.
Health Benefits: With your body alignment in a static position above your bike, you are sure to gain a great core workout while also working shoulders, back and chest thanks to your handlebars, and quads and hamstrings as a result of pedaling.
Experiences in Switzerland: Some of Paul's recommended regions include Engadine, Klosters, Laax, and Lenzerheide for a lot of beginner to moderate downhill trails. For something advanced, go to Verbier.
Equipment Needed: Most mountain resorts have a shop near the gondola lift station where you can rent the equipment and even book a guide for the day.
Francs Needed: Lift tickets vary from region to region, but are often sold at a discount during the summer season. Don't forget your Vz fare card.
Girlfriend Guide Insider Tip: Trust your downhill mountain bike. According to Paul, it's like "riding a couch downhill where the tires and suspension can handle rough terrain with ease". Be careful with the train schedule.
On the Water: Kayaking
Why we Love It: It's not hard to find a breathtaking view of a lake in Switzerland, but the experience of actually being on the lake looking up at the mountains is inspiring, invigorating and downright magical.
Experiences in Switzerland: Hightide is a family-run school offering Beginner, Family, Half Day and Evening courses and experiences throughout Switzerland.
Equipment Needed: Most tour operators will provide the kayak equipment, but you don't want to forget sunscreen, sunglasses, bottled water, swimsuit, water-proof clothes & shoes and a change of clothes. Hats are great to block the sun, but bring one that can be fixed onto your head so the wind doesn't accidentally leave it in the water.
Francs Needed: 1/2 day tours begin at CHF 90.
Girlfriend Guide Insider Tip: A memorable experience for a child's birthday or team-building event. Organize a small group and plan a day exploring the Swiss lakes.
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