Remember that wonderful feeling in the summer term at primary school, when the teacher gave in to all the pleading, and let you have the lesson – gasp – outside? That’s how it feels these days when the weather is finally warm enough to make outdoor exercising enjoyable again.
Exercising outdoors can be more stimulating, invigorating, and certainly more interesting than all those winter sessions down the gym. At The Cornwall, we’ve flung open the doors of the infinity pool and stocked up on tennis balls. Summer fitness has arrived.
Here’s how you can get fit in the great outdoors this summer, in and around The Cornwall.
Outdoor fitness at The Cornwall
The best thing about having 43 acres of parkland at your disposal is how versatile that space can be. You enjoy some marvellous walking around The Cornwall’s estate, up the ante a bit by running instead – or go all out, and book onto one of our Outdoor Boot Camp sessions.
These are as tough as they sound. Run by our in-house coaches Pete and Petra, these classes are designed to get you fit, build your strength, and tone your muscles. Bootcamp is held in at six the evening, so it’s suitable for local people to attend after work, or for guests to fit in between a day out and the evening meal.
Monday’s class is females-only, and Thursdays is mixed – and the main requirement to attend is a good level of fitness, as well as stamina. “The pain is always worth it”, as one of our members laconically summed up the session. The fact that it’s outdoors helps to keep the exercise at Bootcamp varied and motivating. Follow with an invigorating drench shower at The Clearing Spa.
Tennis at The Cornwall
Our other popular outdoor activity is tennis. We have two hard-surface tennis courts at The Cornwall. Use of the courts is complimentary, and rackets and balls can be hired for just £2 per set. If you fancy more than just a knock-about with your family, Pete Churchill (of Bootcamp fame) is a qualified tennis coach, and offers training sessions to players of all ages, abilities, and levels of experience. Book now, before Wimbledon fever takes over…
If you prefer a more genteel outdoor sport, we also offer croquet on the lawn. Accompany with a glass of Pimms from our new Elephant Bar & Brasserie.
Go down to the sea
We have a gorgeous indoor/outdoor swimming pool; however sometimes, it just has to be the sea. Porthpean beach is just a couple of miles away, and as well as being the nearest spot for some sea swimming, is home to Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre.
Among the activities they offer is coasteering, a fabulous way to explore Cornwall as you traverse the coast by swimming, jumping and climbing. Deeply exhilarating and rewarding. Less extreme maybe, but equally popular, they also offer canoeing, kayaking, archery, climbing, sailing, and many other fantastic activities. Contact them on 01726 72901 to find out more.
The latest way to enjoy the sea is to take up stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The name is self explanatory – simply (ha!) stand up on your surf board, and propel yourself through the water with a paddle. Cornwall has embraced this Hawaiian water sport, and it’s become extremely popular with paddlers of all ages. Harlyn Surf School offers classes.
Cycling around St Austell
We recommend this a lot – but that’s because it’s brilliant – you can enjoy the great outdoors by hiring a bike from Pentewan Valley Cycle Hire, and taking off down our lovely local cycle trail.
A stretch of former railway track, the pretty (and not-too-taxing) Pentewan Trail leads to Mevagissey and Heligan. A wonderful way to enjoy fresh air and exercise, while avoiding the traffic. For a small charge, the kind cycle hire people will drop your bikes off at the hotel, so you can spend the day powered entirely by your own pedals.
We don’t know whether we’ll see the heatwave the newspapers are predicting – but we do know that the sun is out right now, and it’s a shame to be stuck in the gym when there are so many great ways to keep fit outdoors.
So, slap on the sunscreen, grab your hat and water, and book one of these fantastic outdoor activities. Seize the (sunny) day.