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What's the Best Way to Get Fit in Melbourne?

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
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Published January 17th 2012
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For anyone revved up with new resolutions and keen to fine-tune their fitness, there's a myriad of ways to get in shape in Melbourne. But which way is the best?

That's the question we're asking all Melburnians to help us with. Do you have a top secret foolproof method for increasing fitness, one you can stick with for the long term? 'Long term' being the operative phrase. It's so easy to start a fitness program zinging with zeal, only to lose interest after a few weeks, days, maybe even minutes.

To get you started, here at Weekend Notes there's a wealth of ideas on how to get fit and keep it that way.

Walking. One of the best ways to increase your fitness is so basic it seems like it couldn't possibly work: just walk. But there are definite fitness and health advantages in walking - it improves cardiovascular fitness, strengthens bones, reduces excess body fat and boosts muscle power and endurance. Best of all, it's free and you don't need special equipment or training. After all, who doesn't know how to walk?

You can walk alone, enjoying the trees, flowers and sky, or make it more social by walking with friends. If you're looking for ideas on places to go walking in Melbourne, try here and here.

And if you'd like to join a walking club, there's information about bushwalking groups here.

If you're over 40 and haven't exercised in a while, it might be best to get a medical check-up before you aim to scale steep hills. And regardless of your age and fitness, it's recommended to start at a pace you're comfortable with (even window-shopping pace is better than sitting still) and work up from there.

Cycling. Getting out on a bike is a great way to see Melbourne and improve your fitness at the same time. There are stacks of great bike trails in and around the city. For some ideas, see here and here. And don't worry if you don't have your own bike, you can always hire or share one.

Bootcamp. If your personality tends toward the militaristic or masochistic, or (heaven forbid) a bit of both, bootcamp could be a good option. Click
id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here for info on bootcamps in Melbourne.

Yoga/pilates. Classes like yoga and pilates are great forms of exercise (and the stretching might help with the recovery post-bootcamp).

If these ideas don't appeal, there's more fitness and exercise suggestions here and here.

Now it's over to you. If you have a personal procedure for achieving peak physical condition, please let us know by leaving a comment below.
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