Getting active can be like climbing bridges

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SCALING NEW HEIGHTS: Signing yourself up for adventures like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge can be a pleasant and motivating way to get some physical activity into your life. Picture: Brook MitchellAs they say in real estate, location, location, location.
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But the importance of location can be more than just about where you live.

As my legs started to burn climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with friends on Saturday, Ithought to myself, ‘You can’t get much better than this view for a workout’.

OK, soscaling one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks is probably not something you would do everyday. Unless of course you were rich or perhaps one of the guides, which I reckon would be a pretty good job.

But the point I wanted to make was that we walked and climbed for a couple of hours, and although I wouldn’t describe it as a taxing workout, we were still being active and I barely noticed it at all. Until of course I fell asleep with the kids that night from sheer physical exhaustion.

I hadn’t just climbed the bridge, we had also covered quite a lot of ground walking around Circular Quay and a frantic pram-pushing sprint with kids in tow to make a ferry or two. But there was so much to look at that even the kids barely complained of being tired.

Location, you see, can be a great motivating factor to fitness.

I always feel like a workout is much easier to do when there’s a good backdrop.

I have several places I like to do a fitness session, specifically for the view. It is generally near the beachbecause I find something calming about seeing water.

Sometimes motivation, or a lack thereof, can be a huge hurdle to fitness. So, if you have found yourself struggling to get motivated but also freaking out as Summer fast approaches, then maybe try getting active at one of the many scenic locations we boast in our fine city.

We are seriously spoiled for choice.

I also find a good location has a positive influence for my mental well-beingas well as taking my mind off what I am doing. This is especially useful if it is a particularly hard session.

Here are some of my favourite, most inspiring places to work out around town:

King Edward Park. Offers various places for both a good workout and a view. You can easily clock up a few kilometres here. There are some challenging sets of stairs to run or walk, various hills to charge up and a couple of flat locations for a simple strength workout. Shepherd’s Hill is one of those places and one of my favourite sessions is doing a circuit of squats, push-ups, lunges and pull-ups followed by a jog down then up the stairs that lead to the Bogey Hole. Ouch, but well worth the view once you get back to the top.

Glenrock State Conservation Area: I really got to appreciate both its beauty and complexity during a recent trail run there. Somany options for exercise including bushwalking/hiking, trail running andmountain biking,and it is mere minutes from many Newcastle suburbs.

Merewether Ocean Baths: Take your pick of activities here, all with stunning surrounds. Walk, run, ride, surf, swim or a sand workout.

Renee Valentine is a writer, qualified personal trainer and mother of three. [email protected]南京夜网419论坛

BREATHTAKING BACKDROP: We are spoiled for choice in Newcastle and the Hunter region for prime workout locations. Picture: Dean Osland

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