There’s more winter workout options at our disposal than ever before, so don’t let the chill dampen your spirits.
I’ve discovered some great ways to warm up and keep my body moving in the colder months, here are some of my favourites…
1. Sweat it out on the yoga mat
Apart from the obvious appeal of a warm studio when it’s freezing outside, winter is also a great time to slow the mind and body. It’s a great way of detoxing your body, improving flexibility and strength and calming a busy mind.
There are more yoga studios in Melbourne and Sydney than I can keep up with, all offering a variety of classes and temperatures, with warm, hot and bikram classes ranging from 27-37 degrees. Studios I’ve tried and recommend are:
One Hot Yoga (South Yarra), Happy Melon (Armadale), Grass Roots (St Kilda and Richmond), Rise Yoga (Richmond) and KX cycle and yoga (Richmond).
SYDNEY: Power Living and Body Mind Life (both in various eastern suburb locations).
2. Climb, higher and higher…
Feel like a mountain high? The altitude chamber is a great place to sweat it out and get the endorphins going on a cold winter morning. Until recently, you had to be part of an elite’s sport team or training to climb one of the world’s highest mountains to get access to an altitude chamber but that’s thankfully not the case anymore. I love the circuit classes at ProSport Health & Fitness. There’s also classes on offer at Melbourne Altitude Training. (Click here for my story on altitude training). I’m yet to try any altitude classes in Sydney but would love to hear any recommendations.
4. Get spinning
You used to need a gym membership to do spin classes, but now there’s a number of spin studios keeping the wheels of Melbourne turning. KX Cycle in Richmond, offers a unique combination of yoga and spin classes – I reckon the folks at KX are onto something… with yoga provided the perfect way to unwind after a high intensity spin class. Other spin studios we love at OMG are Body Cycle (South Yarra) SpinStar (Prahran), Art of cycling (Yarraville), The Cycle Collective (Richmond) and Bodhi & Ride. Watch this space for studio recommendations in Sydney…
5. Try aqua aerobics or deep water running
Don’t let the wet weather outside stop you from getting wet indoors! Most swim centres have a range of water aerobic classes. Lou Spargo loved the deep water running classes at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) – check out her story here.
6. Go for a walk in the great outdoors
Don’t discount exercising in the great outdoors just because the mercury’s dropped… I love how invigorated and energised a walk in the cold fresh air makes me feel, what’s more it’s free! Go on, step away from the heater, rug up, and see where your feet take you. In Melbourne I love to make a dash for the hills and walk the 1,000 steps in the Dandenongs, while in Sydney I love the coastal walks on offer – my favourite ones so far are the Spit to Manly, Rose Bay to Watson’s Bay and of course the famous Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
7. Swim and sweat, swim and sweat…
If you can tolerate a bit of pain, nothing beats a swim and sweat combo. Contrast hydrotherapy is the more technical term. I first tried this at the amazing Aro Ha retreats and OMG is it invigorating. Bondi Icebergs is another great spot for this, with spectacular views of the ocean and laps in the pool in between sauna sessions. Brighton Baths and St Kilda Sea Baths both have steam rooms where you can sweat it out post your swim – although you should finish in cold water to maximise the benefits… ‘yeah, right’ I hear you think!
It’s a great way to get your blood circulating, boost your immune system, and of course it helps with muscle recovery.
Weather you choose to workout indoors or out, don’t forget it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the cooler months as it is in summer.
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