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Canberra's Best Outdoor Workout Spots

Sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to exercise, especially when you would prefer to be spending your summer relaxing at the beach or strolling through in an air-conditioned mall. Luckily for you, Canberra has a long list of fun summer activities which will keep you feeling fit and healthy. With everything from hiking, sailing, kayaking and swimming, Canberra has something to accommodate all ages and fitness levels. Read on to discover Canberra’s best outdoor workouts that will get your heart rate up without feeling like you’re exercising!

Bridge to Bridge Walk 

Images via Aussie Bushwalking

The Bridge to Bridge walk...or run around Lake Burley Griffin is the perfect way for you to make the most of your time whilst getting your daily intake of physical activity. Take the 5km round trip that skirts the edge of the Canberra CBD and Lake Burley Griffin to check out some of Canberra’s popular attractions including the National Library of Australia, Questacon, National Capital Exhibition and many more.

Location of the start point is at Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT 261
Open to public 24/7
More info at https://www.mapmywalk.com/au/canberra-canberra/lake-burley-griffin-bridge-to-bridge-can-route-52911968

Paddleboarding / Kayaking on Lake Burley Griffin

Images via The Paddle Hub | The Canberra Times

If you're looking to give those arm and core muscles a decent workout, we recommend heading down to The Paddle Hub, located at the YMCA Aquatic Recreation Centre. Hire out either kayaks or stand-up paddleboards to explore the iconic waters of Lake Burley Griffin. This fun fitness activity is a great way to bring your family and friends together. This activity is also a great way to escape all the pressures of work-life and treat yourself to a bit of ‘you time’ by taking in the peaceful serenity of the lake all on your own.

Located at 35 Alexandrina Drive, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Open in the months of October, November and December
Cost varies from $21-$62 and depends on hire time
See prices & season schedule dates by checking out their website http://canberra.ymca.org.au/what-we-do/activey/the-paddle-hub/

Learn to Sail at Canberra Yacht Club

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Join the highly qualified instructors at the Canberra Yacht Club in a learn to sail session on Lake Burley Griffin, with training sessions tailored to all levels of experience. While sailing may look like a relaxing and peaceful way to cruise the waters, there is a lot of physical activity that is involved in pulling lines, hiking the boat, adjusting the sails and maneuvering the rutter, which will challenge your balance, agility & aerobic fitness. Upon completion, you will not only feel rewarded by your improved fitness ability but the feeling of accomplishment with your very own Sailing School Certificate to show for it!

Located at 1 Mariner Place, Yarralumla ACT 2600
Open Monday-Friday 9:30am-2:30p, Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-12pm
More info about prices and bookings at https://canberrayc.com/learntosail.php

Swimming at AIS 

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Beat the summer heat by visiting the AIS Campus which houses a 25-metre and 50-metre indoor pool, both open to the public. A visit to AIS is a great way to spend the day and experience the feeling of swimming in the iconic aquatic arena that is frequented by some of Australia’s high performing athletes. Make the most of your trip by getting a walking tour of the magnificent campus grounds and facilities.

Located at Leverrier Street, Bruce ACT 2617
Complex is open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:30am-4pm
Cost for casual swim entry is $7 for Adult & $5.30 for Child/Concession
More info at https://experienceais.com/aquatic-and-fitness/public-swimming

Free Outdoor Fitness Stations

Images via ACT Government | Weekend Notes

Who needs a gym membership when Canberra plays host to some of the greatest outdoor workout spots. Many of Canberra’s frequented parks are dotted with all-encompassing fitness stations which include everything from sit-up benches, chin-up bars and balancing beams. If you’re unsure how to use the equipment check out the ACT Government website which will give you a quick run-down.

We recommend checking out Henry Holland Park which overlooks the picturesque Lake Burley Griffin. Prepare yourself for a seriously fun workout with everything from training equipment, play facilities and great views to boot.

Located at Barrine Dr, Parkes ACT 2600
Open 24/7
Cost: Entry is free