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6 ways to work out in the city without a gym membership

Exercise is an important part of our lives, and a way to keep our physical and mental health in check. But between the time it takes to get to and from the gym, and the money it costs to be a member, it’s easy to skip a workout.

Fortunately, our city offers many alternatives to working out in the gym. The landscaping where we live is ideal for outdoor exercise, and our community has put in place many projects to encourage them to stay fit.

Here are six ways to work out in the city without a gym membership:

1. Running:

Cape Town has some of the best routes to run at any level, from beginner to advanced. Running is a great way to move your whole body at a pace that works for you and can be both social and personal.

Our city has some great routes to take, with beautiful scenery and perfect terrain. Some of these tracks include Seapoint Promenade, Pipetrack, Tafelberg Road, and V&A Waterfront.

Running is simple enough to do on your own, but if you want to get more serious about it or feel more challenged, there are plenty of running groups you can join in town, such as the Mindset Movement. These groups often operate through Facebook.

With a variety of groups that have both paid and free options, there will always be people on the same level and/or schedule as you.

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2. Walking and hiking groups:

Walking and hiking are great options for a sport that includes the whole family. And of course, with our enormous mountain and surrounding landscape, walking and hiking in Cape Town is very popular.

The popularity of hiking, and the fact that mountain safety issues advise you to hike in groups, means that there are multiple hiking and hiking groups in Cape Town. Local hiking is generally free and caters to different fitness levels.

These groups have been around for years, but newer groups often work through Facebook.

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Read also: 5 of the best hiking trails in Cape Town for beginners


3. Exercise videos:

You may be familiar with home exercise since the lockdown days. Many people during that time have found that it is very possible to do vigorous exercise without leaving your home.

It does require a little creativity with your space and equipment, but it may be a more suitable option for many reasons, whether to save time or to build confidence before exercising in public.

Realizing the fact that this is now a popular choice for people, many people have dedicated their YouTube channels to providing free actions that you can follow from the comfort of your home.

Some South African fitness YouTubers include Alinde Ngubane and Linda Kriel, but you can find any routine you want to follow using a few keywords in the YouTube search engine.

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4. Swimming:

We live in a city with so many amazing options for swimming. We have the best of everything: beautiful beaches that connect both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, plus tides, dams and rivers.

Swimming is a great way to keep fit while spending time in nature. The cool waters of the Atlantic side beaches include Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Hout Bay. If you’re looking for something warmer, head to the beaches of the Indian Ocean side: Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Boulders.

If you are not a fan of natural bodies of water, our city offers several public swimming pools with world-class facilities. You can find a public swimming pool near you in most areas.

Click here for information on locations and entry fees.

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5. Outdoor gyms:

Cape Town boasts several outdoor gyms, which are great facilities that can be used free of charge. The gyms are designed with the utmost safety in mind and are suitable for adults of all ages and fitness levels.

The outdoor gyms give you a chance to exercise while getting fresh air, and in most places they have a good view. With the arrival of warm weather, this is the perfect blend of fun and fitness.

You can find these gyms in great places including Sea Point Promenade, Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg, and Green Point Park.

Click here to see all the locations of our outdoor gyms in our city.

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Read also: Tips on balancing your fitness at work


6. Yoga:

Yoga is a skilled and reflective act that allows you to challenge your body and mind. It is a great stress reliever, aiding in weight loss and alertness.

The yoga community in Cape Town is large, and the city boasts a variety of studios and instructors. Yoga is an exercise in which you can start at any level and continue to build your strength. There are many free classes offered by different people around the city, as well as regular paid classes.

The Yoga Holding Space studio in Woodstock aims to bring yoga to more people, and help yoga become more inclusive and reflective of the South African community. It is the first black owned and operated yoga studio in Cape Town. Kavoi Onur, coach, believes that “yoga is a valuable spiritual and physical practice that should be accessible and accessible to all.”

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