With January drawing to a close, you probably have your New Year gym routine down pat. We bet you're sweating it up at least five times a week by now, right? Or – and we're guessing this is far more likely – you're making every excuse under the sun why a night in with a pizza is far more exerting.
According to statistics, most people give up on their resolutions before February – because who wants to jump out of bed in their fitness gear at 6am on a Monday morning? So, to keep things interesting and to keep you motivated, we’ve compiled a list of all the best ways to get fit, that don’t involve slogging it for hours in the gym.
So dust off your Lululemons (the ones you optimistically bought back in December) and try out some of these fab workouts around Melbourne.
Whether your walking style is LISS (low intensity steady state) or HIIT, there’s a walking route around Melbourne to suit every pace. If you’re more of a podcast and ponder kind of walker – try the Merri Creek Trail. This tranquil trail is 21km long, which is at least 4 podcasts long by our measurements. If you’re ready to pound the pavement and work up a sweat, then The Tan is for you. One of Melbourne’s most popular running routes, this 4-kilometer path winds its way around the Botanic Gardens, and is perfect for a midday workout.
While working out may not be everyone’s cup of kombucha, there’s no denying that a beautiful location can help numb (or distract you from) the pain of exercising. There’s no better place to pair a walk or jog with sweeping ocean views than in Bayside, in the charming area of Port Phillip. The palm-tree lined promenades allow you to soak up that seaside beauty, whether it be in Sandringham, Hampton or Brighton.
Continue the outdoor theme – lace up your hiking boots and hit one of Victoria’s many trails for an intrepid workout. Good for both your body and brain, hiking will leave you feeling like you’ve had a decent workout while also getting in some mindfulness along the way. For a challenging trek, try the Werribee Gorge Circuit, complete with tough climbs, descents and river crossings or if you’re after a more leisurely workout, the Bushrangers Bay Trail is more scenic than sweaty.
It’s time to take 2018’s biggest fitness trend, the spin class, outdoors. In other words, 2019 is the year of the good old-fashioned bike ride. Ditch the deep house music and nightclub-esque lights and embrace the beautiful streetscapes, winding riverside paths and oceanfront rides that Melbourne has to offer. This city really is a bike lover’s paradise, if you just know where to ride.
If the start of the year has got you thinking about prioritising your self-care, then a yoga retreat could be justwhat the doctor ordered. Take a moment to imagine yourself away from the hustle of the city, finding your inner zen at one of these soothing escapes. From glamping by The Yarra to a luxe bush hideaway – each of these dreamy destinations are guaranteed to have you stretched out and blissed out in the most picturesque settings around Victoria.
On The Water
Victoria has over 2,500 kilometers of rugged coastline and pristine sands that are all full of water-sport potential. All you need is a little imagination and you’ll be swimming, surfing and stand-up-paddleboarding your way to fitness in no time. From famous Melbourne beaches to isolated National Park shores, you’re sure to find a little slice of workout paradise.
Whether you hate pounding the pavement solo or you can’t bear the thought of spending another workout on the dreadmill, then these outdoor fitness classes could be just what you're craving. From heart-pumping bootcamps to hip-swinging hoola-hoop classes, these workouts will have you well on your way to your reaching your New Year #fitspo goals.
In the Studio
It’s 2019, which means gyms are no longer just gyms, they’re wellness sanctuaries that take a holistic approach to all things health. Be it a boutique barre studio with a wholefoods café on the side, or a Pilates studio with a dedicated chill out zone, gyms are now so much more than just a place to exercise. These Melbourne studios have become thriving community hubs, which make their seriously hardcore workouts that tad bit easier.
Dance It Up
If you’re anything like us, then you love those types of workouts that actually don’t feel like workouts at all. Introducing the dance class. Whether you’re a smooth mover or nothing of the sort, Melbourne has a studio that will suit your style. There’s even a dance workout in pitch darkness, read: the ultimate judgement-free zone.