Top 5 outdoor workouts
Dive into Murray Rose Pool
Published 2 January 2020
If your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, why not make the most of our beautiful local environment and take your workout outdoors. You don’t need a gym membership, most activities are free and they're right at your doorstep.
Here are five suggestions to get you motivated.
1. Try an outdoor gym
The exercise equipment is different in each park, ranging from simple static equipment ideal for chin-ups, sit-ups and step-ups, to new interactive and movable equipment featuring cardio and resistance features (similar to indoor gym equipment) such as rowing and stepping machines. Read more about our outdoor gyms.
Cool off and burn some calories with a swim. There’s no shortage of great swimming spots in our local area. Our top picks for laps are Murray Rose Pool, Parsley Bay or Camp Cove. Go early and beat the crowds.
Murray Rose Pool
There are lots of interesting – and challenging – running routes in our local area.
If you’re a running novice, start out on a flat route: Rushcutters Bay Park is a good option.
If you’re up for more of a challenge, try something steeper, like the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ heading east on New South Head Road towards Vaucluse. The breathtaking harbour view is a good excuse for a breather.
You could also try one of our area’s epic stair runs. Cranbrook Lane (Rose Bay), the Marathon Steps (Darling Point) and the Cooper Park (Bellevue Hill) stairs will all provide an excellent burn.
Cooper Park stairs
There are many spectacular coastal walks in our local area, and luckily for us, they are far less crowded than the Bondi to Bronte route.
Check out the Hermitage Foreshore Walk and discover some of Sydney’s best secret beaches. Make sure to pack your swimmers.
A bit further down the road, you’ll find a great walking track around South Head. It starts at Camp Cove, meanders through the stunning scenery of Gap Park and finishes up at Christison Park.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could tackle Sydney’s newest coastal trek, the Bondi to Manly walk.
The Hermitage Foreshore Walk
Cooper Park tennis courts
Share your views on outdoor recreation in our area
What do you like to do for outdoor recreation? Where do you do it? How can we better facilitate sport and outdoor recreation?
We'd like to know. Share your thoughts with us through our Recreational Needs survey before 31 January.
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