Bikini season is basically here which means it’s getting hot and heavy in the exercise department, quite literally (looking at you, 40+ degree days). Yes, we understand that for 90% of the year we post lists of calorie-packed brunches and artery-clogging burgers, which makes posting an article about getting in a shape a pretty violent juxtaposition against our usual news feed, but trust us—getting in shape means MORE excuses to gorge on our city’s sublime food. Better yet, it’s all free.
So, here’s a list of things you can do this summer to help you get in shape that won’t cost you a gawddayum cent.
parkrun is the godsend of all free exercise forms. This ripper running community has no less than 249 locations throughout Australia (with the bulk of them in Victoria) and is basically a one-way ticket to you getting your ‘09 bikini bod back. Every Saturday morning at 8am (OUCH), the parkrun 5km kicks off at locations including Albert Park, Coburg, Maribyrnong and Parkville. Afterwards, you’ll be able to look up your run time on the website and pat yourself on your super toned back every time you smash a PB.
Yoga At Fed Square
Dust off those Lorna Jane three-quarter hot pink tights because exercising in your lunch break just got infinitely easier (and cheaper). Until December 12th this year, Fed Square will play host to forty-five minutes of free yoga every Tuesday at 1:15pm and all it requires is you arriving fifteen minutes early so you don’t miss out.
Tai Chi At Fed Square
On top of free yoga, Fed Square will also be offering free Tai Chi every Tuesday between 7:30am-8:30am for all those early risers who are sick of spending their mornings watching cat videos on YouTube (NEVER). Anyone of any competency level is welcome to get involved in stretching their mind, body and soul, just make sure you turn up on time.
There are literally countless GAWJ walks in and around Melbourne that won’t cost you a cent (other than a few petrol dollars and a blue isotonic Powerade from 7Eleven). The 1000 Steps and Werribee Gorge Circuit are just a couple that should be at the top of your bucket list. For more hiking inspo, check out 10 Stunning Walking Trips To Do This Spring (or all year round) and 10 Amazing Walks You Need To Go On Near Melbourne ASAP.
Fitness Classes At The Healthy Lifestyle Lounge
Just across the river from Fed Square is Alexandra Gardens where on every Tuesday evening the Healthy Lifestyle Lounge crew meet for an hour at 6pm for free fitness classes. The sessions themselves are tailored for all fitness levels, ages and sizes, and are designed to improve your metabolism and help you burn fat more efficiently. So not only will you work up a very cheap sweat but you’ll get to do it in the picturesque surrounds of ~nature~.
Gunn Runners Running Club
Living on one of the best food scenes in the world means there’s bound to be a damn good exercise scene hiding in the background allowing us all to live the burger-ish lifestyle that we insist on maintaining (#sorrynotsorry). Thankfully, the Gunn Runners Running Club is one of these hidden gems. These guys are a community-based running group that meets every Tuesday night at Albert Park for 3.5km and 5km timed circuits. They welcome all abilities and the best news is that signing up for this social running crew is free for the first run, and will only set you back $5 per run after that—and that gets you a free drink. Deal.
Outdoor Gym At St Kilda
St Kilda & Port Phillip Bay
Also looking for a nice (healthy) tan to compliment your new and improved fitness levels? Head over to the outdoor fitness stations scattered along St Kilda and Port Phillip Bay. These sporty hot spots weren’t developed so Guns McGee can show off his sixteen pack to dog walkers passing by, but were instead created as a safe (and free!) space for locals of all shapes and sizes to squeeze in a bit of exercise outdoors. We highly recommend finishing off any summer workout with a quick dip at the beach
and $50 worth of fish and chips.
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