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November 09, 2010

Great ways to get fit in Cape Town

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Action from the 2010 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Photo courtesy Ims.photo

Summertime in Cape Town is definitely something to celebrate, and what better way to do so than by getting out and getting fit? In the Mother City, we are blessed with sunny days, great temperatures and an abundance of outdoor attractions to inspire you to get active.

Well done to all those who have entered the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk, which takes place on Sunday.

For those who enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach while raising funds for the community, there is the Muizenberg Moonlight Meander, run by Safer Together, on Saturday 20 November, starting at Knead in Muizenberg at 18h00 for 18h15.

Here are a few other ways to increase those endorphin and energy levels this sultry season.

Cycling

Everyone from aspiring Lance Armstrongs to beginner bicyclists will enjoy a cycle through our scenery, along the likes of Chapman’s Peak and through various vineyards. The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and Absa Cape Epic are hosted by the city every year, but don’t let the pros scare you off donning the golden jersey of sunshine on a wheeled ride.

Running and walking

Get your heart racing and your legs running (or rambling) along one of our beautiful beaches, up Table Mountain, or through the likes of Tokai Forest. Running enthusiasts can train for the world’s most beautiful marathon, while walkers can get ready for the Discovery Cape Times Big Walk.

Swimming

Practice your breaststroke, backstroke and bilateral breathing at any one of the city’s beautiful beaches, or in a local swimming pool, such as Long Street Baths. Taking a dip in the ocean is free, but most pools charge a nominal fee.

Gyms and classes

In case the great outdoors is something you like to savour, preferring to break a sweat indoors, there are many gyms and studios across the peninsula. Fully-equipped establishments offer everything from physical training to spinning and body conditioning, spa facilities and swimming pools. Membership contracts are generally available from R199 a month.

Classes in yoga, pilates, nia and Zumba have literally taken Cape Town by storm, and offer fun ways to keep fit without feeling like it’s hard work. Lead by trained instructors at studios and gyms (for the early birds, there are dawn yoga sessions held on some of the city’s beaches), these classes offer a more holistic way to achieve health, strength and flexibility.

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