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A city guide to keeping fit & healthy

Whether you live, work or visit the city – here’s a bunch of free and low-cost activities you can tap into to help you achieve your fitness goals!

Start slow

A couple walking along the bank of the Torrens River
A scenic trail along the bank of the River Torrens

Walking is excellent low-impact exercise and the Adelaide Park Lands are packed with tracks and trails to explore at your own pace.

If you find fitness inspiration teaming up, join one of the free Heart Foundation Walking Groups in the city and North Adelaide. Share stories while you stroll, and make new friends!

Keeping fit doesn’t have to be a mutually exclusive activity. Stretch your legs and get to know Adelaide a little better on one of the city’s many self-guided walks or tours. For some fit family time, grab the kids, head to a city park or playspace and swap the bench for the slide!

Pick up the pace

City joggers enjoying a run in the Park Lands
One of the many trails in the Adelaide Park Lands

City joggers are spoilt for choice, with loads of running circuits.

A good one to try is the 2.2km tree-lined Uni Loop. With distance markers every 200m, it’s great for keeping you on track.

Mix up the pavement pounding with some upper-body work. The Victoria Park Fitness Trail is a 1.9km unsealed circuit inside open park land with well-equipped fitness stations along the way.

Get on ya bike

Free bike rentals
Enjoy a bike ride with free bike rentals

The Adelaide Park Lands are a treasure trove of cycling trails too.

The scenic River Torrens Linear Park Trail runs from the sea to the hills, winding through the city between Bonython Park and Elder Park where you can enjoy the beautiful Riverbank precinct. As a shared use trail, keep an eye out for walkers and runners.

For an adrenalin hit, check out the criterium racing and pedal prix events at the Victoria Park Criterium Track. This 1.1km-1.4km circuit caters for all bike levels, from racers to weekend warriors.

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No wheels? No excuse! Hire an Adelaide Free Bike from over 20 locations in the city and spend an afternoon exploring the city centre or go off-road in the Park Lands. Hire comes with a helmet and lock so you can park while you stop for a healthy snack!

Get your feet wet

Lap pools at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre
Lap pools at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre has a gym and 3 pools – so you can add variety to your land-based exercise program all in the one venue!

Group aquatic classes are a great way to meet friends and they’re low/no-impact – so ideal for seniors, pregnant women and people rehabilitating from injury.

Go for a Birdie!

Visiting town and want to maintain your ‘keep fit’ mojo?

Hit the links right here in the city! In the Northern Parklands, just a few minutes from the city centre and open 7 days, the North Adelaide Golf Course has a championship-style South course and welcomes starters or those after a short game on its North Course and Par 3 layouts.

If you work in town, make the most of the balmy summer evenings and schedule a round after 5pm. The North and South Courses open till 8pm in January and 7.30pm in February.

A round of golf rewards you with the best views of the city

Class Action

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre gym is super-equipped for solo sessions but if you prefer to pal up for your work-outs, try a group class like Yoga-lates (a Yoga/Pilates fusion class) or DrumFit – high-energy, loud and great for stress relief!

The city’s three community centres offer a range of exercise classes. Try Yoga for free at Adelaide South West Community Centre, or Pilates is just $5.

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Fit Fuel

NEST ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ program
NEST ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ program

Support your physical activity with a nutritious diet and learn how to cook seasonal, delicious food with the NEST ‘Healthy Cooking on a Budget’ program.

Each one runs for 3 weeks. Registration’s essential.

Jump start your own idea

If you run a community sporting group that uses the city’s outdoor spaces, you might be eligible to get a little funding boost for something like new uniforms, equipment or volunteer training. There’s a range of Recreation and Sport grant opportunities available to support healthy living activities. Find out if you’re in the running for a leg up.

Skye Murtagh

Skye Murtagh

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