Open any fitness based magazine and it will seem like getting fit and healthy is a rich person’s game. But, it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need the latest in wearable tech or the most decked out gym to achieve your #goals. You can look and feel your best with very little investment (but you could get some nice activewear to show off your new gains), all you need is a little fitness inspo.
#1 Park Run
Park run is a weekly 5km fun run that is held across Australia. The ‘race’ itself is free and available to everyone, from joggers to serious runners, mums with bubs and dog walkers. You can be as competitive as you want to be and being surrounded by other runners will push you to improve every week. Running has many health benefits, particularly if you are trying to up your fitness after the holidays.
#2 Outdoor Gyms
Years ago, some genius decided to move gym equipment outside and thus public park gyms were created. The advantage of these gyms is that they allow you a greater range of exercises than your usual at-home workouts. However, they do only allow you to use your bodyweight so you may end up restricted in the gains possible. There are many insta worthy outdoor gym locations in Aus, like Bondi Beach, Cottesloe Beach in Perth and even Royal Park in Launceston.
#3 Your Surroundings
You can go outside. Ring your mates and go for laps at the local pool, hire a tennis court and hit a few balls or even just trek in one of Australia’s many national parks. These things are relatively inexpensive and can be great for doing exercise without even realising it. Fitness doesn’t always have to be a drag. You don’t have to look far to find free outdoor fitness activities to try some over summer.
#4 At-Home Workouts
Let’s face it, sometimes all you wanna do it get fit without leaving your couch. There’s just too much Netflix to watch and exercise would take away precious hours. Luckily, there are plenty of at-home workouts you can do that will improve your fitness and muscles without even leaving your TV (talk about perks). Look online to find a program that works for you, the internet is full of possibilities.
#5 Walk Everywhere
Ditch the car and the crowded train (unless you enjoy a sauna, in which case please enjoy Australia’s public transport), and walk everywhere. Walking is a great, minimal impact but beneficial exercise. If the thought of walking an hour from home to uni horrifies you then just start small and get off a stop earlier. Even this small change is beneficial to your overall health and it will soon be easier to add more walking to your lifestyle.
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