Five ways to get fit for free

Getting fit can be pricey – but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s all the ways you can get in shape and have fun – for free!

Get onto the city’s outdoor fitness equipment

You don’t need weights to rediscover your muscles. Try the outdoor fitness equipment in Carlton’s Princes Park, the Docklands Outdoor Gym on the corner of Tom Thumb Lane and Collins Street and North Melbourne’s Eades Place Park. By using your own body weight, you can do a solid resistance training session with exercises like chin-ups, sit-ups and step-ups. Add some stretches and cardio for a complete work-out!

Hit the Tan running track

From shufflers to elite athletes, the circuit track in Kings Domain is a favourite destination for Melburnians escaping the gym. Universally known as The Tan, this broad, leafy path is kind to knees because it’s surfaced with fine gravel. The only exception is the challenging Anderson Street hill. Covered in asphalt, it inclines about 30 metres over a distance of 300 metres. Gasp!

Healthy Cities Urban Walks – free walks in October

Healthy Cities Urban Walks is a series of free guided walks designed to get you back to nature – without leaving the city. Routes explore everything from the waterfront and the city’s most picturesque parks to sporting locations and precincts such as East Melbourne. Run by the City of Melbourne and Urban Hiking, walks begin on Monday 8 October, with six running per week over five weeks. All start and finish at Birrarung Marr (opposite Artplay) and take between 45 and 75 minutes.

Stretch out with morning yoga at MPavilion

MPavilion reopens in October with a new architectural design and a big program of free events like Morning Yoga with Happy Melon. These 60-minute mindful yoga flows are open to all – just BYO mat. Stretch out, lower your stress levels and improve your focus and connectivity before the day has barely begun.

Workout. Women doing exercises outdoors.

Get into dog walking – even if you don’t have one!

Take a guided walk with your furry friend, or just join the pack for instant canine and human companionship. Dog Walking Adventures in the City with Tom + Captain is a new, active way to sniff out what’s interesting. From MPavilion to the CBD’s lanes, streets and arcades, it’s a tail-wagging hour of exploration.

A man holding his dog, standing in front of a car

Join a dog walking adventures in the city with Tom + Captain

Looking for more?

Walking is the easiest, cheapest exercise around, and really beneficial if you pick up the pace or head out for a while. Make it interesting by following one of our themed self-guided walks. From music and sport to the waterfront and Aboriginal Melbourne, there’s so much to explore.

Get motivated for a fit, free commute with the Ride2Work Day Community Breakfast. At the Princes Park Touch Pre-Season Night, have a go at this almost-no-contact kind of footy. During Mental Health Week, exercise body and mind with strength training or a Latin rhythm-fuelled zumba session. There’s more Latin music and even more style at a free beginners salsa class. Join a spring Garden Discovery Tour and feel invigorated by all the season’s buds and blossoms in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Group of dancers dance training in studio

Try a free Zumba class at Kathleen Syme Library on Tuesday 9 October