There’s no need for your regular fitness routine to take a slide when travelling to Sydney because there are a lot of scenic locations for you to enjoy taking in while you workout. Here are five of the best spots you can visit to sneak in some exercise in disguise, while on vacation, keeping you fit without breaking the budget.
Reminiscent of Central Park in New York, Sydney’s Centennial Park is a little piece of heaven situated in the heart of the east. The Grand Drive circuit is 3.6 kilometres, relatively flat and great for keeping your fitness level up.
You’ll love walking, running or cycling around the leafy-canopied loop, a favourite training spot for world-champion and Paralympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Fearnley OAM.
The loop is perfect for walking a pram and dog friendly, so grab a coffee and enjoy a leisurely stroll, or hire a pedal car. With three hours free parking, there’s plenty to keep you occupied!
Bring your gym workout outdoors
Bring your own TRX straps, which are compatible with the set-up, and soak up the fresh ocean breeze and sounds of the waves as you workout.
After a relaxing stroll along the beachfront, there’s no better place to soak up the glorious ocean spray than floating in the iconic baths at Coogee. For one dollar, women and kids can visit the McIvers Baths, the last remaining women’s only seawater pool in Australia, or for five dollars, Wylie’s baths offers everyone stunning views across Coogee Bay.
But if you prefer ocean swimming beyond the wave break, you have to meet the Coobras, a local group who swim together every day, rain, hail or shine! The unofficial group is free to join and open to everyone from beginners to advanced level. Meet them at the Coogee Surf Club on weekdays at 8:30am.
Take a Dance Break
Bondi Beach is home to some of the best-looking fitness trainers in Sydney, but if beach workouts or muscle beach is not your thing, don’t despair! Every Monday night you can lose yourself for an hour in the music with No Lights No Lycra (NLNL) in the Bondi Pavilion. True to it’s name, there’s no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, no alcohol, no creeps, just free movement and exercise. The team behind NLNL have also created an app called Dance Break (free from iTunes or GooglePlay), where, at a random time each day, a song will play on your phone encouraging you to just dance, joining people around the world for a global flash dance.
Check out the video here.
DIY walking tours
There are tonnes of self-guided walking tours you can do in Sydney to take in the sites at a leisurely pace. We love the Harbour Bridge to Clovelly Walking route and the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, and an easy 20 minute walk from Circular Quay, head into the Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll past the Opera House and along the foreshore up to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, boasting a beautiful view of the harbour.
This article originally appeared on 7travel.