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Making the most of Melbourne’s Sunshine

It’s warm in Melbourne. It’s a big deal, so get out to workout.

As the weather warms up, we all start to think about getting on track of our fitness and eagerly plan out how to get the summer body back. There is definitely no shortage of gyms and fitness studios in Melbourne, but if you want to try something different for no extra cost, get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful, natural surrounds with these suggestions –

The Tan takes you through the royal botanic gardens among other scenic locations. Image; www.rbg.vic.gov.au

The Tan – This 3.8km track stretches out across the scenic Kings Domain and takes you through Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. You can join in with the Victorian Runners Club, who offer a four kilometre and eight kilometre time trial on the 1st Saturday of each month. Exercise equipment is also dotted along the track for those wanting a well rounded strength and cardio workout.

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Docklands exercise equipment. Image; aspect.net.au

Docklands Exercise Equipment – The location was once a construction site, which has now been decked out as an impressive fitness space. The circuit design is easy to follow. Aspect Studios & Oculus have outdone themselves with this outstanding layout.

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Albert Park lake, Image; albertpark.com

Albert Park Lake – An easy 5km flat track furls around the picturesque Albert Park Lake. With two outdoor exercise equipment stations, you can stop to take in then views while working on your strength.

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Como Park is for walkers, runners & dog lovers, Image; www.stonnington.vic.gov.au

Como Park – Conveniently located next to the beautiful Como House, this versatile public space allows you to walk, run or even ride your bike along the track. With basic exercise equipment and plenty of grassy areas for a relaxed game of football or frisbee, Como Park is even dog friendly, so bring your furry friend along to your next workout.

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Free Tai Chi classes in Federation Square, Image; www.taichiaustralia.com.au

Federation Square – This iconic Melbourne site already has an abundance of cultural activities for visitors to participate in but did you know there are also free exercise classes like Tai Chi every Tuesday morning or finish off a hectic work day with Yoga on  a Tuesday Afternoon.

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Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (1000 steps) in the Dandenong Ranges will give your legs quite the workout, Image; www.visitvictoria.com

1000 steps – Located on the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, this steep set of stairs takes you three kilometres into the Dandenong Ranges, with some amazing scenery and sore legs and butts guaranteed by the end, this is not one to miss.

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Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes, Image www.visitvictoria.com

Brighton Beach – We couldn’t forget Brighton Beach. An easy 15km from Melbourne CBD. Home to 82 charmingly bright bathing boxes, Brighton is popular with swimmers, surfers and fishing aficionados alike.

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The Capital City Trail is ideal for an uninterrupted bike ride, Image; www.visitvictoria.com

Capital City Trail – For cycling fans of all pedigrees, this flat, car free loop is 30 kilometres, taking you through some wonderful, historic Melbourne landmarks as well as some amazing coffee stops.

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Beach Volleyball at St Kilda, Image; www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

St Kilda Beach Volleyball – In October nets will go up on the stretch of sand outside Republica where teams can face off every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening. Be sure to register your team in the competition as Republica offer a free pizza and drink to all registered volleyballers.

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The Foreshore Trail is a scenic walk for any fitness level, Image; walksmelbourne.com

Foreshore Trail – This 11 kilometre walking track takes you from Port Melbourne to Elwood, with a mix of scenic gardens and seaside cafes and restaurants along the St Kilda leg of it.

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