Shed your winter coat

Beach weather is just around the corner, so if the idea of swimwear gives you heart palpitations, it may be time to trade telly for trainers and get the blood pumping.

Whether walking, running or cycling your way into shape, you can also help some worthy charities along the way, with great events coming up around the city.

Ride2Work Day: 15 October
Ride2Work Day inspires up to 150,000 bike enthusiasts to wheel their way to work each year. Need more encouragement? Registration costs nothing and there’ll be free Ride2Work Day Breakfasts served up at both City Square and Victoria Harbour in Docklands. Check your tires before you go!

Man with bicycle holding a muffin and two bananas

Tuck into a free breakfast on Ride2Work day

Bupa Around the Bay – Ride for a Child in Need: 19 October
Bupa Around the Bay has become Australia’s largest one-day bike ride, with distances spanning 20 to 250km around Port Phillip Bay. Get sponsored and help raise funds for The Smith Family – a charity helping disadvantaged Aussie kids with school essentials such as uniforms, books and shoes.

Massed cyclists waiting at start line of race

Burn rubber for a great cause with Bupa Around the Bay

Spring into Shape races: 26 October and 23 November
With two events still to go in the Spring into Shape series, there’s plenty of time to get pumped and ready for race day. Choose either the 5km run or walk, or the 10km run option if you’re feeling more adventurous. A great way to build your fitness while cruising the banks of the Yarra.

City2Sea: 16 November
Dig out your favourite costume and sign up for the popular and ever-colourful Sunday Age City2Sea 5km and 15km run. Make the day really count by supporting your favourite charity though fundraising or registering for a gold charity entry.

Massed runners on road, including some dressed as children's TV characters

Sign up for a family day of entertainment and exercise with City2Sea

Eureka Climb: 16 November
If you’ve got of buns of steel, signing up for Australia’s biggest vertical race could be the event for you. It’s a mighty 1642 steps to Eureka Skydeck 88, and you’ll be doing it all in the name of Eureka Climb’s charity partners – Interplast and Whitelion.

Smiling man running up concrete stairwell

Take the stairs! There are 1642 to conquer in the Eureka Climb

Bupa Around the Bay and Ride2Work images provided by the Bicycle Network

How are you getting your A-game ready for Melbourne’s summer fun?