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Published July 21st 2012
Getting to a gym isn't the only way to achieve your fitness goals. There are plenty of ways to take advantage of Brisbane's beautiful one day, perfect the next weather forecasts. Here is a list of 5 ways to get you from flab to fab!
1. Beat your inner procrastination with a runners club.
Running clubs are a popular entity in Brisbane and there are a number to choose from depending on your location and skills. Lazy Runners Club has a selection of locations, levels and activities to bolster the enthusiasm of any feet dragger. Sessions involve anything from competitive events, to fun runs, group runs to marathon training. Whatever your stage or interest they will have something to interest and motivate you.
Lazy Runners Club
2. Cycling through the city.
Bicycles are becoming more and more common in the capital cities of Australia. Sure we aren't Amsterdam yet, but the interest in cycling through the city centre is on the rise. Brisbane City Council offers a very convenient service across the metropolitan area: Citycyle. Anyone can use the cycle stations, opting to hire a bike for an hour or a day. You are given security codes to unlock your bike and enable its return. The only thing you need to organise yourself is a helmet. But, with plenty of beautiful scenic routes to take, it is a small price to pay for truly enjoyable exercise.
3. Test your Ultimate Frisbee skills.
Truth be told 'Ultimate Frisbee' is a Canadian sport that has been popularised in Brisbane by converted Griffith University Students. It is a fast paced game that uses principles from netball, AFL and rugby to create a unisex game that is both sociable and addictive. You can opt to join a team for a season and play weekly, or you can sign up to the 'BUML' group on Facebook to find out about weekend tournaments and learn to play events. Don't discount the old-school memories of Frisbee on the beach, this sport is a cardio onslaught with the average player racking upwards of 5km per game.
4. Improve your tennis skills at Queensland Tennis Academy.
Thanks to people like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Tennis has enjoyed increasing popularity. It is a game that has both fitness and finesse and everyone should put it on their fitness list of things to try. A tennis lesson at Queensland's Tennis Academy in Carseldine is a great way to trial the traditional sport. The academy features 12 international standard courts and qualified trainers to get you on the road to becoming the next Tennis star.
Queensland Tennis Academy
5. Challenge yourself with Rock Climbing.
River life Brisbane offers real adventure fitness with rock climbing sessions at the beautiful Kangaroo Point cliffs. Participants are guided by qualified and experienced instructors. The cliffs themselves are 20m high and can be a daunting prospect, but there are plenty of people there to encourage and support you whether you are a novice or a budding expert. Packages or single sessions can be organised depending on your interest level. Rock climbing is adrenalin inducing and a full-body workout that can take you to a whole new level of fitness.
Whatever way you choose to stay fit in Brisbane there are always activities and people to motivate and engage you. Really you just need to take a quick run around to find your options.
If you're not up for running or rock climbing, have a look at the Walking for Pleasure website. W4P offers hundreds of different walks, including City and Suburban Walking, Suburban Bush Walking and bush walking in a variety of other areas.The friendship and encouragement experienced in a group helps you to stay motivated. Having such fun, hardly even know you're exercising. Patti