Let’s play dirty

©Daniel K. Cooper

If I am sweaty, dirt-streaked and disheveled after a good workout, I’m happy. I like getting dirty. Fortunately, the opportunities to get muddy and messy (and have fun doing so) in Mont-Tremblant are almost limitless.

A perfect playground

One of my favourite places to play in the dirt is Domaine Saint-Bernard. With 1,500 acres of protected nature, over 45 kilometres of trails to hike, mountain bike or run, and a delicious lake to cool off in afterwards, it’s the perfect place to get yourself dusted.

Nature’s fitness circuit

The Wheeler Fitness Trail at Domaine Saint-Bernard provides a great opportunity to play and exercise at the same time – and get dirty if you want to. The 2 km trail around Lake Raynaud has ten exercise stations. There are stairs to run down and jump up.

A balance beam to practice stability. A hilly trail for interval run training. Wooden benches that are secured for step ups. A rock face that challenges you to use goat-like climbing skills. Regardless of your fitness level, you can work up a sweat as you work through the circuit.

Getting dirty with friends

You can take on the circuit and stay clean … but I much prefer the dirty version. If Robert Roy is leading your crew, you can count on getting smudged and spattered. We take our runs off the paths most travelled, and scramble through the back trails. We drop to the ground and get in mountain climbs. We leapfrog through the forest and claw our way up a wicked rock face.

You choose. You can stay on the circuit, or take a few detours. Either way, you can explore nature at its finest. Get outside your comfort zone. Take some time to get dirty this season. Your body (and your soul) will thank you.



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Cathy Bergman est devenue athlète de façon inopinée à un âge relativement avancé. Elle nous montre qu’il n'est jamais trop tard pour retrouver la santé et la forme. Cathy Bergman is an accidental athlete who found health and fitness late in life. She shows us that is never too late to get healthy and fit.

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