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Published March 29th 2013
Summertime is behind us but exercise doesn't have to be
With the colder weather setting in, motivation for exercise starts to wane. To make matters worse, cooler temperatures increase cravings for heartier, carb-filled meals making it prime time for weight gain. What to do about this dilemma you ask? Exercise in places that make you forget how hard you're working and make you want to come back for more. So get out of the gym and check out these locations for breathtaking scenery and a damn good workout.
Drive down to Frankston McDonald's on Nepean Highway, avoid purchasing a cheeseburger and park your car. Head down to the foreshore and run the 2.5km track to the base of Oliver's Hill. Run up the hill and on your way down, enjoy that view – you deserve it. For an extra challenge, run up and down multiple times before you make your way back to the car.
The view from the top of Frankston's Olivers Hill makes it worth the climb
Patterson River offers a flat, gravelled, oval-shaped and water-hugging, 6km track. At one end, the river feeds into the sea, offering a spectacular view. Enjoy a leisurely walk or challenging run as you take in the sights of people fishing and taking their boats out to sea. The atmosphere is friendly so expect cheery greetings from complete strangers.
Run the Patterson River track in the morning for this view
Make your way up Nepean Highway and park your car at Mordialloc Safeway. Run down to the beach and along the water until you can no longer take the pain of sinking into the sand with each stride. When it's time to ascend, pick a set of stairs and run up and down a few times for that extra challenge. When you're ready, make your way to Beach Road and try to guess which suburb you're in. Run back to where you started, along Beach Road, marveling at beautiful beachside houses along the way.
The difficulty of running in soft sand is worth it for the uninterrupted sea views in Mordialloc
If you're after a location that's 'out of this world', park the car at Elwood/St Kilda skate park, across the road from Luna Park and run the Solar System Trail. Start at the 'sun' and make your way along the foreshore, enjoying sea-views all the way. When you reach 'Pluto', 5.9km later, you'll be in Port Melbourne. Make your way back to the car for an impressive 11.8km run/walk. Or hire a bike for $2.70 just after 'Neptune' and ride some of the way to mix up your workout.
Start at the sun and run, walk or ride the Solar System Trail
Just when the smell of food and coffee wafting over from nearby cafes starts to test your willpower, a tanned and incredibly toned local will run past. This will give you all the willpower you need to resist the allure of stuffing your face with fish and chips. A small outdoor gym a short distance from 'Jupiter' presents an opportunity to cram in some strength work. Complete your workout with some chin-ups and push-ups.
Quirky artwork provides a distraction from how hard you're working