As the mercury rises across the country, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to spend your leisure time cooped up in a gym. If you’ve been working on that summer bod, you may as well flaunt it, right?! Well if you follow that line of thinking, the big question is, “How do I get my fitness fix in the summer sun?” You have a few options: you can go for a run or a cycle, you can join a team sport or you can go swimming at a public pool near you. This list is not exhaustive, but what are often overlooked on many outdoor exercise blogs are the vast amounts of open air gyms in your city. They provide you with a great opportunity to get some vitamin D, exercise in a social setting (heck, you can even bring your dog along) and check out a new area of your city. Best of all, they are totally free!
If you feel the urge to check out an open air gym near you, here’s the Index’s essential list of open air gyms:
Docklands Outdoor Gym, 888 Collins Street, Docklands
Albert Park Lake, Albert Park
Princes Park Calisthenic Gym, Princes Park, 200-590 Royal Parade, Carlton North
Bondi Outdoor Gym, Campbell Parade, Bondi
Observatory Hill Park Gym, 1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point.
Prince Alfred Park, Chalmers St, Surry Hills.
There are a number of fitness stations dotted along the Lake Burley Griffin Foreshore in Stirling Park.
Crace Recreation Park, Abena Avenue.
Deakin Fitness Station, Denison Street, Deakin.
Wilson Outlook Reserve, Bowen Terrace.
Bulimba Riverside Park, Addison Avenue, Bulimba.