The Christmas season has passed, and if you’re like most people, part of your New Year’s resolutions is to flush out all of that rich food from the holidays and get back in shape. If you’ve noticed your clothes getting tighter, that you’re starting to have breakouts, you seem to be feeling more sluggish than usual, that it’s not as easy to reach your toes anymore, or that you get out of breath after a flight of stairs; darling it’s time to back to health and get physical.

But just because you need detox and exercise doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable in the process. If you’re not into treadmills and weights, or flavourless diet food, or you just don’t want to spend too much; that’s okay. There are other fun ways to get back to your healthy self without breaking the bank.

Get Some Vitamin Sea


We’re not talking about lounging about and getting a tan, it’s time to get moving! Swim a few laps or surf awesome waves in the clear, blue sea. Play beach volleyball with new “exercise buddies” in the beach. Play frisbee with your kids or even your dog on golden sand. Do anything you want as long as it gets you moving. Whether you exercise alone, have a friendly match with a few mates, or even play with family, you’ll be having so much fun that you wouldn’t even notice that you’ve already had 2+ hours of physical activity.

Parks — Your Free Gym

excercise machineImage by Brisbane City Council

Yup, you read that right. Local parks can be your free gym. Let’s face it, a lot of people don’t really want to spend for fitness, and the whole “I just haven’t got the money for it” dilemma becomes one of the main reasons why so many don’t work out. The beauty of living in the wonderful Land of Oz (health-wise) is that you don’t get to have that excuse because so many of the local parks have actual gym equipment that’s free for public use. Brisbane alone has over 80 parks with exercise equipment installed in them.

Even if the closest park to you doesn’t have exercise equipment, you still don’t have an excuse to not work out. With a little bit of creativity, you can turn a playground or a children’s jungle gym into a free workout gym.

Fitness: It’s More Fun With A Team

poolImage by Cairns Regional Council

Check out your city’s .gov sites. Chances are they’re already have free-entry fitness programs that you’d want to join. Cairns, for example, has Active Living Free Fitness. They have free introductory level fitness classes, 6 days a week with everything from yoga to dancersizes like zumba, to aqua aerobics, to martial arts, to boxing, and so much more. It’s a great way to get fit while gaining new friends. When you’re out having fun with people, you’ll barely notice the time and you’ll actually start looking forward to your next session.

Don’t Eat Out, Eat Outdoors

You know those sudden cravings for rich, restaurant food or greasy fast food? Don’t do it. Instead, make your own versions of them at home, and have a great outdoor picnic. Go to your local market, buy the freshest local produce, recreate that dish you’re craving, and head out for a refreshing meal at your local beach, park, or barbie site. You still have that feel of not eating at home while saving money on restaurant or fast food. More importantly, you have control over how much salt, sugar, and fat there is in your dish. You don’t get any nasty preservatives in your food either. You can eat whatever you want, but you have to make it yourself. It’s better for your body and your wallet.

Working out is more fun with a group, so if you and your mates are headed to a park in the next town or a beach an hour away, book a comfortable car hire where you can bring your exercise gear, surf boards, and maybe even a nice picnic basket filled with goodies. Happy workout!