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Published December 6th 2019
Get fit for FREE
Do you love to exercise outdoors? Hate going to the gym? Then why not incorporate into your workout some of the most high-tech pieces of gym equipment - by the beach!
Around the Nelson Bay region, there is a number of outdoor fitness stations, built by the Rotary Club of Nelson Bay, which are free to use and located in scenic venues right on the water. Who wants to work out in a gym, looking at a blank wall, when you can appreciate the crystal-clear waters of Port Stephens instead? Keep reading to find out where they are and don't be afraid to stop and give them a try. There are signs on each one to give you instructions on how to use them, so once you have tried them once, you can go back every day if you want to. Go for a walk and the gym - in one, scenic morning!
Outdoor fitness station on the Nelson Bay Foreshore, behind Little Nelson Bay beach
Nelson Bay has an outdoor fitness station on Victoria Avenue on the walkway between Nelson Bay Foreshore and Little Beach. This new equipment is utilised by locals and tourists every day - with kids often there trying to have a go! You will find two separate pieces of equipment, which are good for the arms in particular, as well as a sit-ups station. On one machine, you pull down on two handles and use your own bodyweight as the resistance - it's not easy! See here for the location at Little Nelson Bay beach.
Little Beach also has an outdoor fitness station, next to the playground at the Little Beach Boathouse end of the beach. This is a good fitness station to spend some time working out on, after walking from Nelson Bay and then turning around to walk back the way you came. This station has three machines which are good for strengthening both arms and legs, as well as cardio. See here for the location at Little Beach.
Outdoor fitness station at Little Beach, just near the Little Beach Boathouse restaurant (as seen behind)
The Exercise Trail, built by the Rotary Club on Nelson Bay, also has smaller strengthening and stretching stations at Dutchmans Beach, Bagnalls Beach Reserve/ East Bagnalls Beach Reserve and Conroy Park in Corlette. There is a scenic walkway around the headland between Nelson Bay and Bagnalls Beach, so you can walk along and stop at the small stations. If you know of any more, or discover some on your run, please leave a comment below, and share your discovery.
Who needs the gym, when you can train for free outside, in the beautiful Port Stephens!
East Bagnalls Beach fitness station, on The Exercise Trail built by the Rotary Club on Nelson Bay