Someday soon, the sun will be shining, the beaches will be calling, and you'll be kicking yourself for not exercising all winter. There's no excuse not to work out at least once a week – especially as we've sussed out the top five most interesting ways to keep in shape. Best of all? They won't cost you a cent. But you already know that having a great beach body is priceless. If you're looking for fun, free things to do in Melbourne, get involved with this list of work outs, Listers!
Play kickball with the Melbourne Kickball Association
Ever heard of kickball? The Melbourne Kickball Association has imported it from the U.S., where it's usually played by either schoolchildren or highly-competitive leagues of 20-somethings. The sport is a cross between baseball and dodgeball. The opposing team lobs a huge red bouncy ball, you kick it and run around the bases while they try to get you out. It's an hour or so of standing mixed with high-energy sprinting – meaning you get in a fun workout while learning a new game.
Games are played at Merri Park, corner of St. George's Rd/Sumner Ave, Northcote.
Cycle with Projector Bike
Projector Bike combines films with bicycling – you won't even know you're sneaking in a workout. Meet at The Testing Grounds, then cycle your way around the city. The organisers bring along their special cargo bike, which they use to project award-winning short films onto buildings. Afterwards, return to The Testing Grounds for a well-deserved drink and replenish some of those calories you just burned off.
Fridays, 6.30pm at The Testing Grounds, 1-23 City Road, Southbank.
Learn salsa moves with The Salsa Foundation
Dancing is great exercise. Just ask the 20,000 people who've gone to The Salsa Foundation's classes over the years. To entice you in, they offer free classes twice a week in the city. It's all part of their nefarious plan to get Australians able to dance more sexily (a worthy cause in our books!). Just rock up with a friend (or even solo) and start learning how to move your body, while simultaneously getting in a workout.
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 6-7pm. 600 Lt. Collins Street, Melbourne
Master the hula hoop with Hoop O'Clock Oz
Tone your core, strengthen your muscles – who knew hula hooping could be such a great workout? Hoopers have great abs, they're flexible, and learning to hoop is a lot more fun than being stuck at a smelly gym. Every Wednesday night, join Hoop O'Clock Oz in a fun, open-to-anyone jam session (by donation). You can learn and perfect your hoop skills while getting toned.
Wednesdays 7-9pm at The Playspace, 290 Albert St, Brunswick
Channel your inner NBA star at a basketball court
Want to look as cut as the stars of the NBA and WNBA? Then get yourself to a basketball court. The combination of running, shooting, and guarding means you'll get a full-body workout – for exactly $0. Just look on the Courts of the World website for your nearest court: you can join a pickup game almost any weekend. Or bring a ball and shoot hoops till you convince enough passersby to play.
Find a court via the Courts of the World map
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