What’s even better than getting fit? Getting fit for free or paying very little to do so! Why fork out your hard earned cash on a gym memberships (which let’s face it you probably won’t use) or expensive sports equipment (which will sit gathering dust in the cupboard).
Luckily, there are lots of budget friendly exercise options in Brisbane, including renting equipment, free fun runs, and seemingly endless bush walks. Read on to learn more…
Active Park Programme
With free or low cost activities at 50 parks around Brisbane there is plenty of scope here for everyone, from dance classes and zumba, to boxing workouts and yoga sessions. Check out what’s available near you.
Kangaroo Point Cliffs
For only $5 you can do a twilight rock climb at Kangaroo Point under the supervision of qualified instructors. If that doesn’t appeal, then try running up and down the 107 stairs at the eastern end of Kangaroo Point Cliffs. These can be accessed from the cafe or, for a warm up, why not run the 3km from the city to the point before you tackle them?
A great way to tone your arms and improve cardio fitness is to go swimming in one of the free or low cost pools in and around Brisbane. A couple of these are heated so there’s no excuse for not visiting in winter!
- Southbank Streets Beach & Boat Pool (free)
- Settlement Cove Lagoon (free)
- Fortitude Valley Pool ($5.40)
- Healthstream QUT Gardens Pool (casual entry fee)
Free ParkRun Events
Brisbane’s free ParkRun events are just the ticket for anyone who likes to have a little friendly competition to keep motivated. These 5 km runs are timed and leave from New Farm and South Bank on Saturday mornings.
Climb Every Mountain
Brisbane is surrounded by scenic mountains just asking to be climbed, so dust off your hiking boots and take your pick of:
- Mt Coot-tha
- Mt Glorious
- Mt Mee
- Mt Gravatt
- Mt Coolum
- Mt Ngungun
- Mt Tibrogargan
- Mt Tamborine… the list goes on.
Dance at Cloudland
The dance floor at Cloudland is a great place to work up a sweat and get your heart pumping. It’s also an excuse to get dressed up in swanky attire. Every Thursday night there’s a free salsa session from 9pm until late with a live band. Oh and the decor is pretty impressive too.
Walk or Run on a Treadmill at Home
Last but not least there’s the convenient option of simply working out at home. By hiring a low cost treadmill, exercise bike, cross trainer or rowing machine you can exercise in the privacy and comfort of your own home whenever you want.
Need fitness equipment now? Check out what’s on offer to rent today!