FITNESS FOR ALL
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.