Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Feature -

While other parts of the coun­try are to­tally rugged up and avoid­ing the outdoors at all costs, us Townsvil­lians are still wear­ing sin­glets and shorts and soak­ing up the beau­ti­ful spring­time sun.

Con­trary to what our in­ter­state coun­ter­parts are do­ing, this time of year is the best spent outdoors. Be­ing a to­tal Townsville pa­triot, I al­ways keep my eyes peeled for fun and chal­leng­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that Townsville has to of­fer.

All too of­ten I hear that Townsville is “bor­ing”, and that it does not have enough to do. This is not true. We are ex­tremely lucky to be liv­ing in a city with sun­shine al­most all year round. This alone presents us with op­por­tu­ni­ties that many cities do not have. This means that most days of the year we can wake up to sun­shine, and get our daily dose of vi­ta­min D and happy en­dor­phins.

The Townsville City Coun­cil has de­vel­oped “Get Ac­tive + Healthy Townsville”, which of­fers a range of events, pro­grams, and ini­tia­tives to the com­mu­nity. It is about find­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove your health, and iden­ti­fies ways to get out and move more. In ad­di­tion to this, many of our local gyms are on the MINDBODY app, which is avail­able free from the app store. On this app you will find the best deals near you, in­clud­ing dis­counted mem­ber­ships, free trial passes, and easy-to-fol­low sched­ules to keep your fit­ness diary or­gan­ised.

There is cer­tainly no short­age of gyms in Townsville and, be­cause of this, many gyms of­fer passes and mem­ber­ships at com­pet­i­tive prices. Most gyms around Townsville of­fer fan­tas­tic all-in­clu­sive group classes such as weights or car­dioin­spired train­ing, box­ing, yoga, pi­lates, HIIT classes, stretch and flex­i­bil­ity classes, pools, saunas, and more. Ring around and sign up for a trial and find which gym suits you best.

How­ever, if you are like me and en­joy the outdoors more, you live in the right place! With Cas­tle Hill right at our doorstop, and The Strand, Pal­larenda, Mount Louisa, The River­walk, and River­way all within a short 10-20km ra­dius, there are no short­age of out­door ad­ven­tures.

Cas­tle Hill boasts a num­ber of walk­ing trails, and is a great way to get fit and be ac­tive. From the cir­cu­lar road (3.3km one way) to the more in­ten­sive Cutheringa or goat tracks, Cas­tle Hill is a great place to work out for any fit­ness level. I have lived in Townsville my whole life and am still yet to try all the tracks it has to of­fer.

This year I dis­cov­ered the amaz­ing out­door and “off the beaten track” ad­ven­tures that Outer Lim­its Ad­ven­ture Fit­ness has to of­fer. Th­ese events bring all fit­ness lev­els to­gether to en­joy the trop­i­cal play­ground of North Queensland and be­yond. Since then I have com­pleted two of the six ad­ven­ture trail runs. They were both equally chal­leng­ing and en­joy­able and gave me the op­por­tu­nity to see Townsville as I hadn’t seen be­fore.

This year I also dis­cov­ered the River­way ParkRun which is a free weekly 5km event for walk­ers, run­ners, wheel­ers and jog­gers of all fit­ness lev­els. It of­fers an op­por­tu­nity for all the local com­mu­nity – male or fe­male, young or old – to come to­gether on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to en­joy the beau­ti­ful park and get phys­i­cally ac­tive.

What bet­ter way to en­joy the beau­ti­ful Townsville sun­shine than to be out on the wa­ter, ex­er­cis­ing, so­cial­is­ing, and re­lax­ing at the same time? Go and check out the Townsville stand-up pad­dle board­ing (SUP) club ev­ery Sun­day at the Strand.

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